Cancer Scholarships

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.

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.

Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program

Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards college scholarships are awarded to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation. Forty (40) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded each academic year. To qualify, applicants must be a childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18 with cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor. Applicants must be accepted into post-secondary school in the fall 2019. This scholarship requires a 1-2 page essay on what survivorship means to them. Scholarship applications are posted to our website every January and close the following March. To date, the scholarship program has awarded over $1 million in scholarship money to childhood cancer survivors across the country. The NCCS is deeply grateful to Centene Corporation and the Engelhardt Family Foundation for their generous support of the program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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 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.

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