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Here are some of the Cancer scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults established the Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship to support the financial needs of college students who are battling, or have overcome, cancer, and who display financial need. These three awards of $1,000 each seek to honor the spirit and courage that Matt displayed in his battle with cancer. At the time of his death, in January 1998, Matt was a student at Williams College, and captain of the men's varsity soccer team.

Circle of Life/Bill Z. Littlefield Scholarship

Eligibility: * Awarded to full-time students who have been diagnosed with a life threatening cancer and have financial need. * Preference will be given to applicants who were treated at the IU Medical Center. * At least a 3.0 GPA is required. * The scholarship is renewable. * Applicant must provide a HIPAA authorization for use and disclosure of Protected Health Information to their cancer treatment facility/physician.

The Morris Law Firm #RobbyStrong Cancer Survivor Scholarship

The Morris Law Firm is pleased to announce The Morris Law Firm #RobbyStrong Cancer Survivor Scholarship for the 2016 school year. Dana Morris. a criminal defense lawyer in Panama City, Florida, was inspired to create this scholarship by Robby, a courageous young friend of the Morris family, battling cancer. Robby was diagnosed in 2014 with a rare type of childhood cancer, DSCRT. When the Morris’ reached out to Robby’s parents to find out what they could do to help, Robby’s parents were plain spoken in saying, “Robby challenges everyone to do random acts of kindness in the name of #RobbyStrong around your community. Our family has been blessed by kindness in a big way, we want to share the love. Go out. Do good. Be RobbyStrong! and let us know what you are up to.” We at The Morris Law Firm know that thousands of families have been forced to face cancer head on. To show our support for #RobbyStrong and so many others, we would like to help a law student whose life has been affected by cancer with a $500.00 scholarship. The one time scholarship will be presented in the fall of 2016 and all applications must be turned in by May 31, 2016. Robby’s courage and resilience has inspired the Morris Law Firm. We are #Robbystrong.

Cancer for College Scholarships

Cancer for College awards scholarships to current and former cancer patients who are currently attending either a four year accredited university, junior college and/or graduate school. Scholarships applicants must already be accepted to a university and/or attending a junior college. All applicants will receive confirmation of their application within three weeks of submission. If you have not heard from us by that time, please dont hesitate to call or send an e-mail. You can download an application on the website. Scholarship amounts vary, ranging from $250 one time scholarships to four year perpetual scholarships of larger dollar amounts.

$16,000 Perpetual Scholarship

Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief.California applicants and applicants attending Southern California colleges will receive first consideration for perpetual scholarships. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS•    Must be a US resident enrolled in an accredited university, community college or trade school•    Must be a cancer patient, cancer survivor and/or amputee•    Perpetual scholarship recipients must be willing to attend regional events associated with scholarship awarded and available for selected interviews and or media coverage. Cancer for College reserves the right to use photographs and/or statements of scholarship recipients in any promotional materials. Recipients receive $4,000 per year up to four years while maintaining academic eligibility at a 4-year university or graduate program.

Cancer for College $1,000 One-Time Scholarship

Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS•    Must be a US resident enrolled in an accredited university, community college or trade school•    Must be a cancer patient, cancer survivor and/or amputeeRecipients will receive $1,000 one time while maintaining academic eligibility at an accredited four-year university or graduate program.

PAF's Scholarships for Survivors

The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life threatening disease within the past five years. Eligibility Requirements To be eligible, an applicant must satisfy the below requirements in full: Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States of America under the age of 25 Applicant must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a life threatening disease within the past 5 years. Applicant must be pursuing an Associate's Degree as a bridge to a Bachelor's degree or higher. *Note: The applicant may be directly pursuing a Bachelor's degree without pursuing an Associate's Degree first. Applicant must complete Scholarship for Survivors application in full (Part A-E) Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their lives and their future goals (1000 word maximum). Applicant must submit written documentation from a treating physician that outlines applicants' medical history. Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). Reference letters must be submitted on business letterhead and include signatory’s contact information within the letter. Applicant must provide an OFFICIAL high school and/or current college transcript (to include school seal); whichever is applicable. Applicant must submit completed financial form (Part E)that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of tax return. For further information, contact Shawn Nason at events@patientadvocate.org or (757) 952-1370. Scholarship Amount and Distribution Award amount is $3,000 The award is payable in equal amounts (per semester/trimester/quarter) directly to the college or university for the purpose of defraying tuition, books and other fee costs. If selected as a recipient, below are the requirements to maintain the scholarship: Applicant must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a full time student. Scholarship recipient must sign a commitment letter in agreement to complete 20 hours of community service for each year the scholarship is awarded. Upon completion of service hours, written confirmation of service must be submitted to PAF from a supervisor of the supported organization.

The SAMFund

The SAMFund proudly provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer. We help survivors empower themselves to pursue their educational, professional and personal goals. Grants and scholarships cover a wide rage of post-treatment financial needs, such as (but not limited to): undergraduate & graduate tuition and loans, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, current and residual medical bills, fertility-related expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 35, finished with active treatment and residents of the United States. We accept applications once per year, beginning with a Letter of Intent (LOI) phase in June. Anyone interested in applying must first submit an LOI. Information on the LOI process is posted on our website in early June. After a review period, selected applicants are then invited to submit a full application. All applicants will be notified in November as to whether they have received a grant.

Board of Young Adult Advisors Scholarship

The BOYAA wishes to recognize a Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC area resident who has battled cancer or selflessly supported a parent or sibling through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who has demonstrated courage, spirit, and determination, not only in the face of a cancer battle, but also in pursuing their own educational and professional goals. This award is for applicants who are seeking a professional or graduate level degree only.

Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship

What an inspiration!” That’s the phrase most often used to describe Jeffrey Meyer for his courage, optimism, and perseverance. Jeff’s priority was always what he could do for others. At the age of 32, a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) – an atypical, but highly volatile manifestation of NF1, a disease he had since birth – was discovered in his hip. He endured extreme pain, many surgeries and chemotherapy trials. But up to the day he died, Jeff pushed his suffering aside and reached out in any way he could to help those less fortunate than him. While he lost his personal battle with this disease, he touched many people positively and tried to make their life richer and more fulfilling. In his keynote address at Johns Hopkins Survivors Symposium in 2010, he advised, “Survivorship is as much about the journey as it is the finish line. And how you proceed on that journey will affect everything in the present, and the future. So stay positive, stay realistic, and have the courage to take control of your life. It will make all the difference in the world.” The Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship is available to a young adult who has cancer or is a cancer survivor and demonstrates these ideals.

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship

Sean Silver was a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, managing to obtain his degree while in extensive treatment for a rare from of Sarcoma named Chordoma. Sean studies focused on music journalism, combining his passions of music and writing into what he hoped would be a fruitful career as a rock journalist. While undergoing multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy courses, he persevered to obtain his degree from Columbia at the age of 31. Less than a year after graduating from Columbia, Sean lost his battle on May 13, 2007. The Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award is available to applicants who are degree seeking United States citizens, age 15-30 at the time of application. Applicants must be currently undergoing active treatment for cancer and reside in the Chicago, IL area.

Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship

The Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor 4K for Cancer 2010 Alum, Anne Smedinghoff. Anne was killed in Afghanistan in April 2013 while working as a State Department diplomat. An active member of the 2000 4K for Cancer San Francisco team, Anne embodied the spirit of the 4K – adventurous, upbeat, vivacious, and with the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. This scholarship is awarded to a young adult survivor, a young adult in active treatment, or a young adult affected by cancer through the diagnosis of a parent or sibling that exemplifies Anne’s qualities. It is awarded by Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4K for Cancer Team San Francisco during their summer cross-country journey.

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

The Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults in Howard County, Maryland who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. This award was established by the Parker family to continue Doug’s legacy and to honor the spirit of entrepreneurship, energy and determination that Doug Parker displayed during his life. Awarded to a resident of Howard County, MD

James & Patricia Sood Scholarship

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling. Awarded to an education major.

Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling. Awarded to a resident of the Baltimore/Washington metro area

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship

The Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship is awarded to a young adult who has cancer or who has conquered it; or, to a young adult who has selflessly supported a brother, sister, mother , or father who has been diagnosed with cancer. Jill Weaver Starkman was a loving mother of three and an accomplished professional horsewoman and trainer in San Luis Obispo, CA. She died of breast cancer in 2012. Jill’s family will remember that she embodied the spirit of adventure. She also had compassion and skill for communicating with humans and animals alike. Jill’s daughter, Sophia, asked to honor her mother’s memory and her love of horses with this college scholarship. The scholarship helps support a young adult’s determination to persevere by pushing fear aside and finding the courage to “Get back on the horse.”

John Duvall Memorial Scholarship

The John Duvall Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a husband, dad, son, and friend who lost his battle with Ewings Sarcoma cancer at the young age of 38. His two sons were just 16 months and 5 years old at the time, and they are now young adults who want to honor their dad’s courage and positive attitude through the award of this scholarship. The degree-seeking applicant must be either a cancer survivor or has supported a family member through their cancer experience. Candidates must demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in one of these four universities: University of Maryland, Towson University, Elon University, or the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Award is for a young adult between the ages of 15 and 35 who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Maryland, DC or Virginia.

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults established the Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship to support the financial needs of a college student who has lost a parent to cancer or has a parent with cancer and who displays financial need. This $2500 competitive award seeks to honor the spirit, energy, and determination that Marilyn displayed during her life, her love for her family and friends, and her courageous battle with colon cancer. At the time of her passing in March 2000, Marilyn was a wife, a dedicated mother to five children and an unconditional friend to many. Awarded to a resident of the Baltimore/Washington metro area.

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship

The Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Perlita Liwanag who lost her life to pancreatic cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the financial needs of a deserving young adult in the Washington, DC metro area (Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC) seeking higher education within the U.S. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.

Satola Family Scholarship

The Satola Family Scholarship Award was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. The Satola family wishes to recognize students who have battled cancer or have shown selflessness in supporting a loved one through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates courage, spirit, and determination. The Satola Family Scholarship Award is available to applicants who are young adult cancer survivors diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 OR young adults who have lost a parent/guardian/sibling to cancer OR have a parent/guardian/sibling that has been diagnosed or undergoing treatment for cancer while they were a young adult. Candidates must be degree-seeking and United States citizens.

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship

The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who are impacted by cancer and seeking higher education. Vera was committed to promoting a love of learning and helped to inspire and empower others to pursue their personal, educational and professional dreams in the face of adversity. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates the courage, determination, motivation and dedication that Vera displayed during her lifetime.

Galaxy Scholarship

The Galaxy Scholarship is designed for graduating high school seniors or high school graduates. The program provides a one-time scholarship of $3,000 to students pursuing an associate’s degree in up to two years, or $6,000 to students pursuing a bachelor's degree in up to four years. Awards are divided into payments of $1,500 per academic year. Award recipients will be required to participant annually in the PBTF’s volunteer program. Students enrolled in college are not eligible to apply for the Galaxy Scholarship. Please check website for more information and deadline of application.

PBTF One-year scholarship for enrolled college students

The PBTF also provides a one-year scholarship of $1,000 to brain tumor survivors who are already in college. Graduating high school seniors or high school graduates are not eligible to apply for the one-year scholarship.

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