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Cancer Scholarships – Awards for Students Affected by Cancer
Students affected by cancer face unique challenges. Find cancer-themed scholarships below and apply if you or your student qualifies.
Let’s face it, cancer sucks. I lost my mom to cancer and one of my brothers is a cancer survivor. Cancer and everything about it has an incredible impact on students and their families.
Whether the student is a cancer survivor, currently fighting cancer, or has a loved one who has experienced cancer, there are several organizations that aim to help them pay for college.
Here are several scholarships for students affected by cancer. Bookmark this page and keep checking back, as I will continue to add awards as I find them.
If the deadline has passed, add the scholarship to your list to apply for when the new application opens for the next year.
[Be sure to use the Scholarship Toolkit Organizer to keep detailed track of all scholarships.]
Open to students who have had any type of cancer.
Open to students who excel in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership and demonstrate high character traits such as kindness and strength during times of adversity. Special consideration will be made for candidates who are experiencing personal or family issues related to cancer or bereavement.
For young adult cancer survivors who are between the ages of 17 and 39, a resident of the United States, and attending a community college, university, or trade school.
Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18th birthday. Applicants must either be enrolled, accepted for enrollment, or have applied for enrollment in an educational institution and course of study leading to a recognized degree.
The scholarship is designated for U.S. students who were diagnosed with cancer and whose disease and related treatments placed a significant financial burden on them and their families.
Awarded to childhood cancer survivors who are pursuing a post-secondary school degree. These scholarships are open to childhood cancer survivors nationwide.
Open to siblings of individuals affected by childhood cancer.
There are two different scholarship opportunities, one for childhood cancer survivors and those currently in treatment, and one for siblings of childhood cancer patients.
Open to students who have been affected by cancer. Students must write an essay (800-1250 words) or create a 2-3 minute video, students answering the question, “How has cancer impacted your life?” It can be any kind of cancer. These questions must also be answered, “How has receiving a cancer diagnosis for you or your loved one impacted your life? How did it impact you while your loved one was fighting their illness? What hardships did you or your family experience? How will this scholarship help you to reach your academic goals?”
The focus of the scholarship is supporting secondary education for Leukemia/Lymphoma patients and survivors and/or children of non-surviving Leukemia/Lymphoma patients.
Open to qualified, college-bound pediatric cancer patients.
Available to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of a higher education who have previously or are currently diagnosed with cancer. High school seniors or current college students are eligible for these scholarships. Students must currently maintain residency in the State of California or be accepted into a two or four-year higher education institution located in the State of California.
Open to students that are legal residents of the United States of America pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer or a chronic disease.
This scholarship is for students who are between 17 – 24 years of age, have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and will be attending college, university, or trade school in the US or Puerto Rico in the upcoming fall semester. The cause of death does not have to be cancer.
The applicants must be seniors in high school or undergraduate students in college in the United States. Students must be cancer survivors or currently diagnosed with cancer, and do not have to be receiving treatment to qualify.
For students who have battled a form of cancer or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment.
The scholarship will recognize a deserving student who not only survived a devastating illness but now demonstrates a commitment to helping others diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness.
Open to students who have been diagnosed with cancer themselves, as well as those who have stood by a loved one. Survivors, current cancer patients, and the allies of patients and survivors are welcome to apply.
For U.S. students under the age of 25 who have lost a parent to breast cancer and are current college students or who have been accepted into college.
Do you know a student who has been affected by cancer? Please pass along these cancer scholarships!
Open to U.S. citizens who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma, either as survivors, individuals diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who has or had leukemia or lymphoma while living in the same household. Eligible students include high school seniors or those attending community college, a four-year university, or graduate school.
Cancer scholarships for young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. Students must be cancer survivors or current patients.
This award is open to childhood cancer or blood disorder survivors.
Open to students who have been affected by leukemia (themselves or a loved one) and are enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or are an incoming freshman at an accredited institution in the United States.
Provides grants and scholarships for young adult survivors of cancer between the ages of 21 and 39.
Candidates must be young women who are graduating high school seniors with a cancer diagnosis, or cancer survivors, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program or professional/trade school.
All high school seniors who have personally been impacted by cancer or had a form of cancer are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Open to teens in the United States in grades 9-12 who have experienced a cancer diagnosis – their own or that of a loved one.
This cancer scholarship is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Students do not have to have cancer to apply.Here is a list of scholarships for students affected by cancer. Apply if you qualify! #college #scholarships #cancersucks Click To Tweet
Applicants must be college-bound U.S. childhood cancer survivors under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18 with cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor.
Open to high achieving college students who have battled cancer or been affected by it. High school seniors who have been accepted into college are also eligible to apply.
Available for current year high school graduates who have had childhood cancer and are residents of Colorado and Montana.
High-achieving cancer survivors are highly encouraged to apply for these cancer scholarships.
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The applicant must be a college-bound or current college student who is a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer. Opens in February.
To receive a scholarship, the recipient has had to participate in at least one Special Love program. Open to young adults who have undergone treatment for cancer and are now ready to move past their cancer journey, attend college and trade schools. New applications open yearly in March.
Applicants must be cancer survivors, or those currently receiving treatment, and live in California.
Open to current pediatric cancer patients, childhood cancer survivors, AND/OR siblings under the age of 25 (bereaved siblings are welcome to apply).
The scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student, or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and who is enrolled in a two to five-year post-secondary institution for the upcoming semester.
For the Survivor Scholarship, survivors of a form of pediatric cancer aged 16-26 with a home address in Iowa are eligible to apply. For the Sibling Scholarship, siblings of patients who have been diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer aged 16-26 with a home address in Iowa are eligible to apply. A sibling includes a biological sibling and an adopted sibling, including half-blood and step-siblings.
Open to childhood cancer survivors.
This scholarship program is open to college-bound high school seniors and current college students who are cancer patients or cancer survivors.
PCRF Scholarship Awards (Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation)
Open to survivors of pediatric cancer.
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