We no longer provide scholarships for undergraduate tuition. This resource page lists organizations and programs that do, including those with cancer-specific database search capabilities such as Scholarships.com and FinAid.
Aaron Bonner Foundation
The Aaron Bonner Foundation offers “Ready When You Are” scholarship helps current cancer patients and cancer survivors attend college in spite of their health setbacks. Awards are available for students enrolled in an accredited university or community college.
Beyond the Cure (National Children’s Cancer Society)
The Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation.
Cancer for College
Cancer for College is a California-based charity, California applicants and applicants attending school in Southern California have first consideration for the largest scholarships. They also offers other one-time scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.
Cancer Survivors Fund
The Cancer Survivors Fund awards four levels of scholarships to augment the expenses associated with the college educations of young cancer survivors. A selection committee chooses scholarship recipients based on the applicants’ personal hardships, assessing their financial and emotional needs as well as their academic qualifications.
Children’s Cancer Center
The Children’s Cancer Center, with the support of the Panera Bread and the Knead for knowledge Scholarship Program, sponsors advanced education scholarships for Florida students that have had a diagnosis of cancer or chronic blood disease in the Tampa Bay area before the age of 21. Scholarships are for undergraduate degrees from an accredited university, college, community college, vocational technical school or other approved program.
The DLH Foundation offers scholarships through Deana’s Wish Memorial Scholarship program up to $1,500 for individuals diagnosed with esophageal or stomach cancer, or individuals who have an immediate family member affected by the disease. Applicants must be US residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and SAT score of at least 1500 or/an ACT score of at least 21. Preference is given to California residents.
Expect Miracles Foundation – 2016
Expect Miracles Foundation established its college scholarship program to help students who would find attending college to be a significant financial burden due to their history/current diagnosis with cancer. The $7,500 scholarship is intended to help an individual who has been impacted by cancer – either in treatment or remission – to attend a 4-year college or university in pursuit of a degree. Eligible candidates must be enrolled to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2016 or Spring of 2017, in addition to the other eligibility and application criteria listed here.
FinAid is a dedicated page of scholarships available to cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.
Friends of Scott Foundation
Friends of Scott Foundation offers a scholarship each year to cancer patients currently in- or post-treatment. It provides funding to survivors who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college, or a four-year college or university. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school.
Hawkins, Spizman, Kilgo LLC
Hawkins Spizman Kilgo, LLC offers a Childhood Cancer Awareness Scholarship, in support of those who have survived or been directly affected by childhood cancer. This $1,000 scholarship will support one hard-working student who has had firsthand experience with this devastating disease.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship offers $4,000 scholarships to individuals who have been treated for cancer but not limited to mesothelioma, or those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer.
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation awards eight scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Students must reside within one of the eight New York State counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Ulster.
My Hometown Heroes
My Hometown Heroes provides a scholarship fund dedicated to help young adult cancer survivors confidently pursue their life dreams. They provide grants, scholarships, community outreach and memorable lifestyle experiences to financially assist and enhance the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors 17-35 years old.
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. Scholarships of $1,000 are available to those in- or post-treatment between the ages of 18-35 who are seeking or receiving higher education.
National GRACE Foundation
The National GRACE Foundation provides free college admissions and financial aid counseling to pediatric cancer patients and survivors. GRACE stands for Growing, Recovering and Achieving a College Education.
Online Schools.org’s “Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities” provides a comprehensive listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities including cancer that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.
The Orion Fund awards grants to California college students under 30 with serious illness or injury. Their grants generally range from $300 to $3000.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation provides support to individuals, under the age of 25, that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. Applicants must be under 25, currently pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher degree, and be diagnosed within the past 5 years.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation offers scholarships for graduating seniors and students currently enrolled in college. Survivors must have be diagnosed before age 19 with a primary malignant or non-malignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor.
Scholarships.com provides a free database of college scholarship information including those specific to cancer patients in active treatment or remission.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides annual awards for college students who are battling, or have overcome, cancer and who display financial need. Applicants must have been 15-39 during active treatment or 15-39 when their parent or sibling was in active treatment.