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Scholarships for Cancer Patients and Survivors

This page provides information about scholarships available for AYAs. Please note: scholarship information (especially amounts of awards and deadlines) are all subject to change. Please review the website for each foundation for the most current information. Thanks!

Please contact the AYA Program with any questions: AYAProgram@cookchildrens.org

1 Million 4 Anna (Ewing's Sarcoma)

https://www.1million4anna.org

  • Age: 16-24
  • Diagnosis: Ewing's Sarcoma (currently in treatment, or a survivor).
  • Amount: $3,000 per year for up to 5 years while actively enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Deadline: 2018 deadline not yet announced.

Aaron Bonner Foundation

http://www.aaronbonnerfoundation.org/scholarships.html

  • Age: No age limit, student enrolled in an accredited university or community college.
  • Diagnosis: Cancer survivors.
  • Amount: Up to $1,000 per semester.
  • Deadline: rolling.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation (The Andre Sobel Award)

http://andreriveroflife.org/participate/andre-sobel-award-2016/

  • Age: 12-21.
  • Diagnosis: Teen survivors of catastrophic illness.
  • Amount: There are multiple annual awards, each tied to essay submissions. First prize is $5,000. While the gifts are frequently used for college, they may also be used towards the fulfillment of other cherished dreams or other stated objectives.
  • Deadline: 2018 deadline not yet announced.

The Angela Stanford Foundation

http://www.angelastanfordfoundation.org/home/scholarships

  • Age: current high school student or college undergraduates.
  • Diagnosis: all cancers.
  • Other requirements: Must be a Texas resident and attending a college or university in the state of Texas.
  • Deadline: 2018 to be announced.

Beyond the Cure (National Children's Cancer Society)

http://thenccs.org/scholarship

  • Age: high school senior or undergraduate students.
  • Diagnosis: survivor of childhood cancer.
  • Deadline: will be announced January 2018.

The Bone Marrow Foundation

http://bonemarrow.org/financial-assistance/scholarship-grants/

  • Age: All ages. Applicant must be enrolled or preparing to enroll (either part-time or full-time) in an accredited educational institution
  • Diagnosis: Applicants must have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Deadline: Rolling Application Deadline

Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope "Life Grants"

http://www.cameronsiemers.org/life-grants/

  • Age: 18-30.
  • Diagnosis: Any life-threatening illness, including cancer.
  • Amount: Up to $5,000.
  • Other info: The "life grants" are intended to be used to fulfill a dream or pay for a project that will make a difference in the recipient's life and the lives of others. This award is focused on community service.
  • Due date: Rolling application.

Cancer for College

http://www.cancerforcollege.org

  • Age: No age requirement. The scholarships are available for attendance at a four-year or two-year undergraduate institution or graduate school.
  • Diagnosis: current and former cancer patients.
  • Amount: $500-$4,000.
  • Application opens November 1, 2017.
  • Deadline: January 31 2018.

Cancer Survivors Fund

http://www.cancersurvivorsfund.org/Applications/HowToApply.htm

  • Age: No restrictions.
  • Diagnosis: Cancer survivors or currently diagnosed with cancer who are residents of the United States.
  • Deadline: Application process to open February 2018 for Fall 2018 semester.

Hawkins, Spizman, Kilgo LLC

http://www.hawkinsduilaw.com/childhood-cancer-awareness-scholarship/

  • Age: no restriction.
  • Diagnosis: History of childhood cancer.
  • Amount: One $1,000 scholarship awarded.
  • Deadline: July 31, 2018.

The Hoffen Foundation Dillon Wolford Scholarship

http://www.hoffenfoundation.org/scholarships

  • Age: Open to high school seniors and college students.
  • Diagnosis: Current or history of a life threatening illness or injury.
  • Deadline: September 1, 2018.

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Program

http://www.jackiespellmanbenefit.org/scholarship.shtml

  • Age: High school seniors and college students.
  • Diagnosis: Those impacted by leukemia or lymphoma. Includes survivors, individuals undergoing treatment, and individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Amount: Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually between $1000 and $3000 and are renewable.
  • Deadline: 2018 to be announced.

Life Happens – Life Lessons Scholarship program

http://www.lifehappens.org/life-lessons-scholarship-program/

  • Age: 17-24
  • Students who have lost a parent or guardian.
  • Amount:$5,000 – $15,000.
  • Application deadline: Application opens February 1, 2018; Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

http://www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/

  • Diagnosis: All cancers, or those with an immediate family member diagnosed with cancer.
  • Amount: $4,000 scholarship award.
  • Deadlines: March 31, 2018 for Fall 2018 semester.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

http://collegiatecancer.org/scholarships/

  • Age: College students between the ages of 18-35 (can be 17 if entering college in the fall following application).
  • Diagnosis: cancer survivors or currently receiving treatment.
  • Amount: $1,000 scholarship award.
  • Deadline: Application Opens March 1, 2018

Nicki Leach Foundation

www.nickileach.org

  • Age: Open to high school and college students age 18-29.
  • Diagnosis: Diagnosed with cancer.
  • Awards can be used to fund education or other expenses.
  • Deadline: Rolling deadline.

Patient Advocate Foundation

http://www.patientadvocate.org/help.php?p=69

  • Age: Under 25.
  • Diagnosis: All cancers, all chronic, or life threatening debilitating diseases in treatment within the past five years.
  • Amount: $3,000 award renewable up to 4 years.
  • Deadline: February 24, 2018.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States

http://www.curethekids.org/family-resources/scholarships/

  • Age: no restrictions
  • Diagnosis: Childhood brain or spinal cord tumor.
  • Deadline: 2018 deadline to be announced in January 2018.

Rebecca H. Trulesch Memorial Scholarship

Email Connie Truelsch for application: rhtruelsch@aol.com

  • Age: High school senior or college students.
  • Diagnosis: All cancers, organ, or bone marrow transplants.
  • Amount: $500 scholarship.
  • Deadline: May 30, 2018.

The Samfund Cancer Grants

http://www.thesamfund.org/get-help/grants/

  • Age: 21 to 39
  • Diagnosis: Survivor of any type of cancer
  • Other Info: Grants can support graduate tuition, vocational training, continuing education and student loan repayment, may cover some non-tuition expenses for undergraduate study, but does NOT cover undergraduate tuition.
  • Amount: $1,500-$2,000
  • Deadline: Cycle opens early 2018

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

http://ulmanfund.org/scholarships/

  • Age: 15-39 (age while in active treatment).
  • Diagnosis: All cancers, or those with an immediate family member diagnosed with cancer.
  • Amount: $2,500 scholarship award.
  • Deadline: • Deadline will be announced in October 2017.