Scholarships for Pediatric Cancer Survivors

A number of organizations offer college scholarships for pediatric cancer survivors. Explore individual scholarships, scholarship directories and other resources here.

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  • Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation: Awards scholarships to cancer survivors younger than 21. This is an essay competition. The deadline is in early April.
  • APHON Scholarship: Central PA APHON is able to provide monetary support to individuals who have received treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital for a hematological disorder or cancer and are planning to obtain a post high-school education. Contact your social worker for an application.
  • Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship: Applicants should be U.S. citizens and high school graduates. Their higher education course of study should include either music, some aspect of technology or medicine. Applications are due in March.
  • Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope: Provides grants to young adults 18 to 28 years old 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.
  • Cancer Survivor Fund: Provides scholarships for both undergraduate education and new prosthetics to cancer survivors. Requires an essay and volunteer commitment.
  • Cancer For College: Applications are taken between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 each year. No age restrictions; applicant must be a cancer survivor. Several scholarships are available through one application.
  • Christine B Foundation: Student must be a high school graduate enrolling or enrolled as a college undergraduate. Student must be attending a college in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut or New York.
  • Eagles Fly For Leukemia: Must be a childhood cancer survivor of any type of cancer. This program offers one full-tuition scholarship to St. Joseph’s and one full-tuition scholarship to Drexel, as well as other scholarships of a maximum of $3,000.
  • Faith, Hope, and Love Jesus Inc.: Must have or have had a blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18. Applications are due by May 1.
  • Howard Honigfeld Scholarship: The applicant must be a cancer survivor, graduating from high school by June of the year of application, or be currently enrolled in college working toward their undergraduate degree. Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation: 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 their 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. Student must have a minimum un-weighted 3.0 GPA.
  • John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship: Applicant must be a college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it.
  • Kallan’s Klan: Kallan’s Klan offers a scholarship to a pediatric brain tumor survivor who received most of their treatment at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State Children’s Hospital/Penn State Cancer Institute. This will provide those survivors some financial assistance to pursue any post-secondary education. A second scholarship is available to those who graduated from East Pennsboro School District who are pursuing a degree in elementary education.
  • Kids-4-Kids with Cancer: Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18th birthday.
  • Marna’s Pal Memorial Scholarship: Student must be between 17 and 24 years old. They must be attending a two- or four-year college or university to receive the award. The student must have experienced cancer themselves or had a sibling or parent who experienced cancer. The student must live and/or attend school in New Jersey.
  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance: Applicant must have battled cancer at any point in their lives, not limited to mesothelioma, or must have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend who has battled or is currently fighting cancer.
  • Michael Hunter Memorial Scholarship: Limited to survivors of leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Nicki Leach Foundation: Provides college and daily living scholarships for cancer survivors 18 to 30 years old. Applications open in October. This scholarship may not be available nationwide.
  • National Children’s Cancer Society (Beyond the Cure Scholarships): Applicant must be a survivor of cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor who is younger than 25 and who was diagnosed before the age of 18.
  • National Collegiate Cancer Foundation: Applications open in March. Must be a survivor between 18 and 35 years old and accepted into a bachelor’s or graduate program.
  • Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship: Applications open each December. Applicants must be cancer survivors, 25 and younger, who have been diagnosed by a physician as having had treatment for and survived cancer. A sibling scholarship is also available.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation: Provides scholarships for survivors of cancer and other life-threatening medical issues who are younger than 25 and who have been diagnosed or treated for a chronic disease within the last five years.
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: For those diagnosed with a brain tumor before the age of 19.
  • Simon Cancer Foundation: Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year university or college in the United States.
  • Toby Merrill Scholarship: Tuition scholarship for bachelor’s-level students or high school students enrolled in a private institution. Students must have been impacted in some way by a cancer diagnosis, either personally or through a family member’s diagnosis. The goal is to reduce the multigenerational impact of a cancer diagnosis in the family.
  • Transplant Recipient International Organization (TRIO) Scholarship Program: Must be a solid organ or bone marrow candidate, recipient, donor or an immediate family member (defined as parent, child, spouse or sibling). Must be a TRIO member (joining fee is $20).
  • Ulman Fund: Numerous scholarships sponsored by this organization. Apply for all by completing the same application. Applicants must have been between 15 and 39 years old during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria.
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  • George Washington University School of Education: Modules and other resources for learning how to navigate college applications, financial aid, essay writing, interviewing, etc.
  • National Grace Foundation: 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.
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