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This page contains information about scholarships for 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.

Families who are faced with cancer undergo severe physical, psychological and financial strain. Students who are fighting cancer must often interrupt their education and cannot work to save money for college or participate in extracurricular activities. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can be extremely debilitating, requiring extensive rehabilitation. Cancer survivors find it more difficult to find health, life and disability insurance, and the insurance that is available to them is usually much more expensive. They are not eligible for military scholarships, such as ROTC scholarships. According to a 2007 study published in the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer, childhood cancer survivors are more than four times more likely to have difficulty finding employment as compared with healthy people. The entire experience is draining both emotionally and financially.

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The most common forms of childhood and young adult cancer include Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, brain cancer, bone cancer, thyroid cancer, melanoma, testicular cancer, Wilms, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, germ cell cancers (uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer), and bone cancer (Ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma). Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid, is himself a survivor of testicular cancer.

This page provides information about awards that are not limited to a single college or university. To find more information about these and other cancer scholarships, search the FastWeb scholarship database. (When searching Fastweb for cancer scholarships, please answer the optional questions. There's one that asks whether the student is a cancer survivor and one that asks whether the student's parent had cancer. One can answer the optional questions by editing the profile through the link in the upper right hand corner of the site's pages.) Also look in the FinAid section concerning Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities, especially the HEATH Resource Guide for Students With Disabilities.

In addition, students who are first diagnosed with cancer while in college should talk with the dean of students and the director of student financial aid at their school. Many colleges and universities have contingency funds to provide additional assistance to students who are suddenly faced with a serious illness.

According to a study published on September 11, 2007 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, cancer patients with a higher education are less likely to die of cancer than cancer patients with just a high school diploma. The study examined mortality rates for lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer for patients with 12 or fewer years of education compared with patients with more than 12 years of education. See Albano JD, Ward E, Jemal A, Anderson R, Cokkinides VE, Murray T, et al., Cancer Mortality in the United States by Education Level and Race. J Natl Cancer Inst 99:1384-1394, 2007.

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

American Cancer Society (39 states, including DC)
Some divisions of the American Cancer Society offer college scholarships for pediatric cancer survivors. The Young Cancer Survivor Scholarships are restricted to students within the states served by the division, and details vary from division to division. Several hundred scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 are awarded each year. Information about these awards and the telephone number for your division can be obtained by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

  • California Division (California). $7,500 scholarships are available for cancer survivors diagnosed before the age of 18 who are 25 years old or younger, demonstrate financial need, and are planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited undergraduate institution of higher education in California. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship recipients are required to serve a minimum of 25 volunteer hours with the American Cancer Society. The application deadline is in mid-April. For more information, call 1-800-877-1710 x166.
  • Florida Division (Florida). $3,000 scholarships plus a $300 textbook allowance are available to Florida high school graduates who are cancer survivors and accepted to a Florida university, community college, or vocational-technical school. Candidates must have been diagnosed before age 21 and be under age 21 at the time of application, and should have a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The application deadline is in early to mid April. For more information, call 1-800-444-1410 x405.
  • Great West Division (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming). $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year) for high school seniors who are cancer survivors. Must have been diagnosed before age 21 and must be under age 25 at time of application. GPA of 2.5 or better. US citizenship is required.For more information, call 1-866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • High Plains Division (Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas). $1,000 scholarships are available to cancer survivors who were diagnosed before age 21 and are 25 years old or younger at the time of application. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale if they are currently in college. (A minimum high school GPA is not required.) For more information, call 1-800-842-7144.
  • Midwest Division (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin). $1,000 scholarships for cancer survivors who were diagnosed before age 21 and are under age 21 at the time of application. Call 1-800-947-0487.
  • Mid-South Division (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, or Clark or Floyd Counties in Indiana). $1,000 scholarships are awarded to cancer survivors who were diagnosed with cancer before age 21 and are under age 25 at the time of application. Candidates should have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships are competitive and based on available funds. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • New England Division (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont). The deadline is in mid-February. Call 1-800-952-7664 x3109.
  • Ohio Division (Ohio). $1,000 scholarships are awarded to cancer survivors who were diagnosed with cancer before age 21 and are under age 25 at the time of application. US citizenship is required. The application deadline is January 30. For more information, call 1-888-ACS-OHIO (1-888-227-6446) or 1-800-686-4357 or send email to OhioACS@cancer.org.
  • Southeast Division (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina). $1,000 scholarships for anyone diagnosed with cancer before age 21. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • South Atlantic Division (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia). Terry Zahn Memorial Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to students who were diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21 and are 25 years old or younger at the time of application. US citizenship is required. For more information, call 1-888-227-6333.

Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship (New Mexico)
The Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship is awarded to pediatric cancer survivors who were treated at one of the UNM Hospitals and who are attending a New Mexico college or university. The application deadline is in late August. To obtain an application, call 1-505-277-5685, fax 1-505-277-5687, or send email to rrgleason@salud.unm.edu.

Breast Cancer CD 2000, Inc. (United States)
Breast Cancer CD 2000, Inc. awards an annual $500 scholarship to an outstanding student with aspirations of assisting cancer patients and their families. The award is given in the name of "The Soul Survivors", a choir of breast cancer survivors. Scholarships are awarded purely on the basis of merit, without regard to race, gender, socio-economic status, or disability. The application deadline is February 1.

Cancer for College (United States)
Cancer for College provides one-time and recurring scholarships to current and former cancer patients. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen planning to enroll in an accredited four-year university, communiy college or graduate school. Awards vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The application period opens October 1 and closes February 1 of each year. Awards are announced in July. Cancer for College was founded in 1993 by Craig Pollard, a two-time cancer survivor and double amputee.

Cancer Survivors Fund (United States)
The Cancer Survivors Fund provides scholarships for cancer survivors who are residents of the United States. Candidates must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, but do not need to be receiving treatment to qualify. Scholarships are awarded based on hardship and academic qualifications of the candidates. The application deadline is June 1. The Cancer Survivors Fund also awards scholarships to the MD Anderson Pediatric Center, with plans to award scholarships for cancer survivors to the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and other colleges. For more information, write to Cancer Survivors Fund, Mike Yonter, PO Box 792, Missouri City, TX 77459, call 1-281-437-7142, fax 1-281-437-9568, or send email to csf@cancersurvivorsfund.org.

Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation (United States, Brain Tumors)
The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation awarded scholarships for families affected by brain tumors (including patients, survivors and their relatives) from 2002 to 2009. The foundation dissolved in 2009 and transferred more than $700,000 in remaining assets to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, establishing the Tim & Tom Gullikson Family Support Fund. This fund continues to provide scholarships for brain tumor patients.

Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation (Hawaii)
The Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation has a scholarship fund for young-adult survivors of childhood cancer. Candidates must have had a cancer diagnosis before the age of 18 and have been treated in the state of Hawaii. Applications must be submitted each year between April and July. For more information or an application, write to Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation (HCCF), 1814 Liliha St., Honolulu, HI 96817, call 1-808-528-5161 or 1-866-443-HCCF (4223), fax 1-808-521-4689, or send email to hccf@lava.net.

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship (California, Leukemia)
The Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship provides two $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are leukemia patients or children of a non-surviving leukemia patient. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must be residents of Orange County, California. Applications are available in January. This award is managed by the Orange County Community Foundation.

Jonathan Jackson Cancer Survivors Scholarship (North Carolina)
The Jonathan Jackson Cancer Survivors Scholarship of $500 is awarded annually by the Mount Airy Community Foundation to cancer survivors and current cancer patients from North Carolina. Priority is given to Surry County residents. Candidates should contact a guidance counselor at any of the five high schools in Surry County, Surry Community College, or the Mount Airy Community Foundation. The Mount Airy Community Foundation can be reached at 1-888-375-8117.

Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation (New York)
Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc. has a college scholarship program for children with cancer living in New York. Candidates must either be cured of cancer, in remission, or able to attend college while undergoing treatment. The deadline is April 15. For more information, write to Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc., c/o Napolitano, 5 Knoll Lane, Glen Head, NY 11545, call 1-516-671-7410, or send email to info2@jaysworld.org.

Dennis J. Jungmeyer Scholarship (CARTI Foundation) (Arkansas)
The Dennis J. Jungmeyer Scholarship is awarded to current or former pediatric cancer patients at the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI). Approximately ten scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded each year. For more information, write to Dennis J. Jungmeyer Scholarship, PO Box 55050, Little Rock, AR 72215, or call 1-800-482-8561 or 1-501-296-3405.

Nicki Leach Foundation (United States)
The Nicki Leach Foundation provides funding to high school and college students age 16-25 with cancer. The awards include but are not limited to scholarships to help pay for college. The awards can also be used to pay for everyday expenses.

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation (Colorado, Montana)
The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation provides college scholarships of up to $2,500 a year for four years to high school graduates who are cancer survivors. Currently the scholarships are restricted to cancer survivors from Colorado and Montana, with most of the awards given to Colorado survivors. The deadline is in mid-March. For more information, write to Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation, 1170 E. Long Place, Centennial, CO 80122, call 1-303-886-5018, or send email to fmarchello@earthlink.net.

The Maryland Community Cancer Scholarship (Maryland)
The Maryland Community Cancer Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who were diagnosed with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. The diagnosis must have occurred when the applicant was between the ages of 15 and 35, and the applicant must be age 35 or younger at the time of application. Applicants must be Maryland residents who are currently attending or planning to attend a public 2-year or 4-year college or university or vocational program in the state of Maryland (including graduate and professional schools). Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, leadership, commitment to the Maryland community, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The deadline is in April 1. Send email to scholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund(United States)
The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund provides funding to cancer patients age 18-40 to support daily needs while they are undergoing treatment. The typical grant is about $600 and helps cover co-pays, rent, groceries and other basic needs. This fund is not specifically for scholarships.

The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund (United States)
The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund offers a $1,000 scholarship for cancer survivors. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents, have been diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 13 and 20, and currently be age 25 or younger. Priority is given to students still undergoing treatment, students with a significant treatment history, students with substantial post-treatment side effects, and students just beginning their college education. For more information, write to Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund, 26 Meadow Lane, Pennington, NJ 08534, call 1-609-737-1800, or send email to The2ndChanceFund@aol.com.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation (United States)
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation sponsors an annual nonrenewable $1,000 scholarship for college students whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who are seeking to continue their higher education while still undergoing treatment. Applicants must be college students between the ages of 17 and 27. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, an essay, recommendations, cancer story, and demonstrating a "Will Win" attitude. The deadline is September 15. For more information, call 1-717-215-0943, write to National Collegiate Cancer Foundation, Scholarship Committee, PO Box 14521, Silver Spring, MD 20911, or send email to info@collegiatecancer.org.

The Pacific West Cancer Fund Scholarships (United States)
The Pacific West Cancer Fund provides $1,500 scholarships for cancer survivors through 70 colleges and universities nationwide. For more information, write to Pacific West Cancer Fund (PWCF), 757 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 204, New Orleans, LA 70130, call 1-504-301-1464, or fax 1-504-301-1466. You can also contact the financial aid office at your college or university.

Patient Advocate Foundation (United States)
The Patient Advocate Foundation awards eight Scholarships for Survivors of $5,000 per year for cancer survivors to initiate or complete a course of study that has been interrupted or delayed by a diagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening, chronic or debilitating disease. Recipients must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients are required to complete 20 hours of community service during the school year. The application deadline is May 1. For more information, write to Patient Advocate Foundation, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 200, Newport News, VA 23606, call 1-800-532-5274, or fax 1-757-873-8999.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (United States, Brain Tumors)
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS) provides scholarships for people who have been diagnosed with a childhood brain or spinal cord tumor. The application deadline is March 1. For more information or to request an application, visit the PBTFUS web site or call 1-800-253-6530.

The SAMFund: Surviving And Moving Forward
The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships for young adult survivors of cancer between the ages of 17 and 35. For more information, send email to info@thesamfund.org.

SCAPON Childhood Cancer Survivor Educational Scholarship (Southern California)
The Southern California chapter of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (SCAPON) awards the Childhood Cancer Survivor Educational Scholarship of $500 to a cancer survivor diagnosed with cancer prior to age 21. Candidates must either be currently receiving treatment or have completed treatment for cancer. Candidates must be residents of Southern California. For more information, write to Jacki Blake, 25724 Sunrise Way, Loma Linda, CA 92354, call 1-909-558-8400 or 1-909-796-2134, or send email to JBlake@AHS.LLUMC.edu.

Seize The Day Award (Queensland, Australia)
The Seize The Day Student Award is available to young Queenslanders aged between 16-21 years who have had a personal experience with cancer either themselves or with an immediate family member.

Cameron Siemers Foundation For Hope (United States)
The Cameron Siemers Foundation For Hope provides $5,000 grants to young adults age 18-28 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, including cancer. 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.

André Sobel River of Life Foundation (United States)
The André Sobel River of Life Foundation awards the André Sobel Award of $5,000 and honorable mentions of $1,000 to young cancer survivors under the age of 21. This is an essay competition. The deadline is in early April. For more information, call 1-310-276-7111 or send email to Info@AndreRiverOfLife.org.

Special Love, Inc. (United States)
Special Love, Inc. offers college scholarships of $1,000 to $2,250 to cancer survivors and students diagnosed with cancer, regardless of whether they are currently receiving treatment or not. Eligibility is limited to current and/or past participants of programs sponsored by Special Love, Inc. in the Mid-Atlantic region. The application deadline is April 1. For more information, write to Special Love, Inc., 117 Youth Development Court, Winchester, VA 22602, call 1-540-667-3774 or 1-888-930-2707, or fax 1-540-667-8144.

Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship (United States)
The Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who are fighting cancer or who have overcome cancer. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or vocational program (including graduate and professional schools). Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The applicant must have been diagnosed with cancer since reaching age 15. The deadline is in May 1. Send email to scholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

The Susan Fund, Inc. (Connecticut)
The Susan Fund provides scholarships to Fairfield County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. The application deadline is April 1. For more information, write to The Susan Fund, Inc., 8 Hilly Field Lane, Westport, CT 06880, or call 1-203-226-4145.

Ashley Tamburri Scholarship (Maryland)
The Ashley Foundation, Inc. awards the Ashley Tamburri Scholarship to high school seniors who are cancer survivors or currently diagnosed with cancer and attending high school in a county served by the Foundation (Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, or Washington Counties in Maryland). Candidates do not need to be receiving treatment to qualify. The cancer may be in remission or deemed cured. Scholarships are not based upon financial need or scholastic ability. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage graduating seniors who are cancer survivors or are currently coping with a cancer diagnosis to pursue a college or university education. The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who most exemplifies the life values and career goals of Ashley Tamburri and who desires to use their cancer experience to help others coping with a life threatening or life-altering event. For more information, write to The Ashley Foundation, Inc., Ashley Tamburri Scholarship, 22 South Market Street, Suite 17, Frederick, MD 21701, call 1-301-694-6414, or send email to info@theashleyfoundation.org.

The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship (United States)
The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who were diagnosed with cancer between ages 15 and 35 or who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 4-year college or university and seeking a bachelor's degree or higher. Recipients are required to complete 50 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of medical hardship, dedication to community service, leadership, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The deadline is in May 1. Send email to scholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Working Against Cancer's Survivor Scholarship Program
Working Against Cancer is establishing a survivor scholarship program.

Scholarships for Siblings of Children Who Have/Had Cancer

SuperSibs! Scholarship for Siblings
SuperSibs! is a non-profit organization that serves children in the US and Canada between the ages of 4 and 18 with a sibling who has been diagnosed with cancer. In April of each year, SuperSibs! awards scholarships to high school seniors who have or had a brother or sister who was diagnosed with cancer. Applications are made available in November and are due end of January. An application can be downloaded from the SuperSibs web site. For more information, call 1-847-462-4742, fax 1-847-984-9292 or write to SuperSibs! Scholarship Committee, 660 N. First Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.

Scholarships for Children of Parents Who Have/Had Cancer

MaryEllen Locher Foundation (United States, Breast Cancer)
The MaryEllen Locher Foundation scholarships (formerly Children of Breast Cancer Scholarships) are awarded to students who lost a parent to breast cancer and to children of breast cancer survivors. The scholarship amount is at least $1,000. The deadline is January 15. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation, write to Children of Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4032, Chattanooga, TN 37405.

The Barbara Palo Foster Memorial Scholarship (United States, Nursing)
The Barbara Palo Foster Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or training program (including graduate and professional schools). Applicants must be seeking a college degree in nursing. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in patient education, medically underserved communities and/or women's health issues. Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The deadline is in May 1. Send email to scholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (United States)
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awards five scholarships of up to $10,000 per year to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are 25 years old or younger and who have lost a parent to breast cancer. Candidates who are already in college must have a college GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must plan to atten a state college or university in the state where they reside. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline is in mid-November. (The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation also funds doctoral dissertation awards, postdoctoral fellowships and grants for cancer research.) For more information, write to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Attn: Grants Dept. -- College Scholarship, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite #250, Dallas, TX 75244, call 1-972-855-1616, or send email to ccombs@komen.org.

LIFE Lessons Essay Contest for Students
The nonprofit LIFE Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship for college-bound high school seniors and current college students, ages 17-24, who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay or a 3-minute video discussing how the death of their parent or guardian affected their life financially and emotionally. Students must explain how the lack of adequate life insurance coverage (or no coverage at all) impacted their family's financial situation. There will be two grand prize winner recipients receiving each $15,000 scholarship funds. LIFE will provide 50 scholarships totaling $175,000. Typically, applications are solicited during the February timeframe and scholarship recipient are notified in the summer. Please visit our website for the essay and video description and more information at www.lifehappens.org/lifelessons. For any questions, email us at scholarship@lifehappens.org.

Pink Ribbon Scholarship (United States, Breast Cancer)
Pink Ribbon Scholarships are awarded annually to a graduating high school senior whose mother or father is a breast cancer survivor or died from breast cancer. The application deadline is February 1. The scholarships are funded through pink ribbon awareness products sold on the pinkribbon.com web site.

PinkRose Foundation (United States, Breast Cancer)
The PinkRose Foundation Inc. provides $1,000 scholarships for college students who have lost a parent or legal guardian to breast cancer. The scholarships help the children embark on personal growth and start to overcome the grief caused by breast cancer. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25. US citizenship or permanent residency is required, as is a high school diploma or equivalent. The deadline is August 31. Scholarship applications can be obtained from www.pinkrose.org/scholarship.html. For more information, write to The PinkRose Foundation Inc., PO Box 4025, Dedham, MA 02027, call 1-781-710-6268, or send email to info@pinkrose.org.

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship (United States)
The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. The parent or guardian must have been diagnosed while the applicant was between the ages of 15 and 35. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or vocational program (including graduate and professional schools). Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The applicant must have been diagnosed with cancer since reaching age 15. The deadline is in May 1. Send email to scholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

See also the The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship above.

Scholarships for Careers in Cancer Research and Treatment

The American Association for Cancer Research offers AACR Research Fellowships and Science Education Awards for Undergraduates.

The American Cancer Society sponsors several scholarships and fellowships for graduate training in cancer nursing and cancer research. These include:

The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) offers several resident scholarships for residents pursuing research and residency programs related to radiation oncology.

American Society of Clinical Oncology offers some funding and grants.

The America Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation offers several awards and scholarships, including the Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship, Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship, Varian Radiation Therapy Scholarship, Isadore N. Stern Scholarship, Amersham Management Scholarship Program, and Siemens Scholar Award Program.

The Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation established a scholarship program in 2000 to postgraduate research in the field of breast cancer research. Scholarships are for up to $30,000 per year for a period of up to three years. The application deadline is in late June or early July. For more information and an application package, write to National Breast Cancer Foundation, GPO Box 4126, Sydney NSW 2001, Tel 02 9235 3444 Fax 02 9233 3442, send email to nbcf1@nbcf.org.au, or visit www.nbcf.org.au.

The Cancer Research Foundation of America offers Postdoctoral Fellowships in Basic, Clinical, Translational and Applied Research, Early Detection, and Education Programs in Cancer Prevention.

The Cancer Research Institute offers Predoctoral Grants in Cancer Immunology and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cancer Immunology.

The Cancer Research Society Inc. offers several fellowships and grants for study related to cancer research during the first five years of graduate study. The application deadline is February 15.

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) offers a few scholarships for medical students at Texas medical schools to attend cancer education programs and events in Texas. The awards are intended to cover registration fees and travel expenses of up to $400. For more information, call POEP at 1-800-880-1671 x1671 or send email to poep@texmed.org.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Scholar Awards, and Clinical Investigator Awards.

Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (Canada)
Head and Neck Cancer Foundation offers fellowships of $2,000 to $10,000 Canadian for cancer research. For more information, write to The Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, 2345 Yonge Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2E5, call 1-416-324-8178 x228, fax 1-416-324-9021 or send email to mdaniels@dancap.com.

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research offers the Kimmel Scholar and Translational Science Awards.

The Thomara Latimer Cancer Foundation provides scholarships to high school seniors and college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, especially in oncology.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers Research Grants and Fellowships in Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and Myeloma Research.

The Leukemia Research Foundation offers Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation offers Clinical Fellowships in Basic, Translational and Clinical Lymphoma Research.

The Oncology Nursing Foundation offers several scholarships and fellowships for bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates involved in cancer research.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers the Cancer Education and Career Development Program.

Related Resources

The National GRACE Foundation provides free college admissions and financial aid counseling to high-school and college-aged students and their families who are affected by pediatric cancer. The National GRACE Foundation presents college financial aid nights at cancer clinics and also provides families with one-on-one counseling. The National GRACE Foundation was founded by Anthony Gallonio, Director of Financial Aid at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His daughter, Grace, is a pediatric cancer survivor. The name of the foundation also stands for "Growing, Recovering and Achieving a College Education".

 

 
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