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Cancer, Cash and College

Posted Jan 26 2009 5:55pm

I've been reading more about students having difficulty coming up with tuition this spring due to the economy and banks being unwilling to make loans. This is a LONG post but hopefully it will help someone who needs assistance with college. The Cancer Resources page has most of these links. If you know of any others please let me know and I'll be thrilled to add them.

For Survivors

American Cancer Society
Vary by state/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. For Information call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship(NM)
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 1-505-272-1333, fax 1-505-277-5687, or send email to
rrgleason@salud.unm.edu.
Breast Cancer Foundation of Arizona/Sing 4 Life(US)
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. http://www.sing4lifebreastcancer.org
Cancer for College(US)
Cancer for College provides scholarships for current and former cancer patients under age 35. Amounts vary. www.cancerforcollege.org
Cancer Survivors Fund(US)
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. 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(US, Brain Tumors)
The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation awards scholarships for families affected by brain tumors, whether the recipient is a patient, survivor, or immediate relative of one. For more information, write to Donna Doherty, Executive Director, Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, 175 No. Main St., Branford, CT 06405, or call 1-888-GULLIKSON.
Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation(Hawaii)
The Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation has a scholarship fund for young-adult survivors of childhood cancer. 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(CA, 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. This award is managed by the Orange County Community Foundation.
Jonathan Jackson Cancer Survivors Scholarship(NC)
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. The Mount Airy Community Foundation can be reached at 1-888-375-8117.
Jay’s World Childhood Cancer Foundation(NY)
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. 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)(AR)
The Dennis J. Jungmeyer Scholarship is awarded to current or former pediatric cancer patients at the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI). 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.
Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation(CO, MT)
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. 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(MD)
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. Send email to
scholarship@ulmanfund.orgto request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund(US)
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. 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(US)
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation sponsors an annual 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. 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(US)
The Pacific West Cancer Fund provides scholarships for cancer survivors. 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.
Patient Advocate Foundation(US)
The Patient Advocate Foundation awards Scholarships for Survivors 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. 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(US, Brain Tumors)
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States provides scholarships for people who have been diagnosed with a childhood brain or spinal cord tumor. For more information, write to National Family Support Program Coordinator, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806, call 1-800-253-6530, or send email to
familysupport@pbtfus.org.
The SAMFund: Surviving And Moving Forward
The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships for young adult survivors of cancer between the ages of 17 and 30. 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 to a cancer survivor diagnosed with cancer prior to age 21. Candidates must either be currently receiving treatment or have completed treatment for cancer.. 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(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. http://www.cancerqld.org.au/newlyDiagnosed_support/supportChildren/studyAwards.a
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation(US)
The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation awards scholarships to young cancer survivors under the age of 21. For more information, call 1-310-276-7111 or send email to
Info@AndreRiverOfLife.org.
Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship(US)
The Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who are fighting cancer or who have overcome cancer. The applicant must have been diagnosed with cancer since reaching age 15. Send email to
scholarship@ulmanfund.orgto request an application.
The Susan Fund, Inc.(CT)The Susan Fund provides scholarships to Fairfield County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. 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(MD)
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. 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(US)
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. Send email toscholarship@ulmanfund.orgto request an application.
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 between the ages of 4 and 18 with a sibling who has been diagnosed with cancer. They award four $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors who have a brother or sister who was diagnosed with cancer. An application can be downloaded from the SuperSibs web site. For more information, fax 1-847-776-7084 or write to SuperSibs! Scholarship Committee, 4300 Lincoln Avenue, Suite I, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
Scholarships for Children of Parents Who Have/Had Cancer
Children of Breast Cancer Scholarships(US)
The 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. 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(US)
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 and must be seeking a college degree in nursing. . Send email to
scholarship@ulmanfund.orgto request an application.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation(US)
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. 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 Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education 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. Candidates must submit a written essay of up to 500 words or a short three-minute video essay about how the loss affected them emotionally and financially. The essay should indicate whether having (or not having) life, health and other forms of insurance helped stabilize family finances and cover college costs. Participants can enter online or call 1-202-465-5000 x106 to request a paper entry form. For more information, write to Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education, 2175 K Street, NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20037 or send email to
scholarship@lifefdn.org.
Pink Ribbon Scholarship(US)
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 scholarships are funded through pink ribbon awareness products sold on the pinkribbon.com web site.
PinkRose Foundation(US)
The PinkRose Foundation Inc. provides $1,000 scholarships for college students who have lost a parent or legal guardian to breast cancer. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. 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(US)
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. Send email to
scholarship@ulmanfund.orgto request an application.
Mary Ellen Locher Foundation® scholarship fund is a national fund established in 2002 by a mother diagnosed with Breast Cancer who once worried about her own child’s education. MaryEllen Locher Foundation® provides scholarships for secondary education especially to children who have lost a parent to breast cancer and children of breast cancer survivors. http://www.maryellenlocherfoundation.org/
Scholarships for Careers in Cancer Research and Treatment
If you are planning a career in oncology, cancer nursing, oncology social work or research there are scholarships available from The American Association for Cancer Research, The American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, The America Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation
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 Oncology Nursing Foundation offers several scholarships and fellowships for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates involved in cancer research.

There may be other cancer related scholarships where you are. If you are aware of a scholarship opportunity please forward and I’ll include it in the list.





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