National Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Patient Advocate Foundation “Scholarships for Survivors” Program
www.patientadvocate.org
1-800-532-5274

Eligibility requirements
Scholarships are available to students who are survivors of a life-threatening, chronic, or debilitating disease. Recipients must pursue a course of study that renders them immediately employable after receiving a two-year degree, four-year degree or advanced studies degree.

Financial award
$5,000 per year until graduation.

Description
The purpose of the “Scholarships for Survivors” Program is to provide support to patients seeking to initiate or complete a course of study that has been interrupted or delayed by a diagnosis of cancer or other critical or life threatening disease. There are several different scholarships offered, each of which has criteria that must be met once the scholarship is awarded. For example, all recipients must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B average) and must fulfill a yearly community service requirement of 20 hours of service.  For comprehensive eligibility and application information, please visit www.patientadvocate.org, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the “Empowering Events” link, and then click on the “Scholarships” link on the left side of the page.

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Pacific West Cancer Fund Survivor Scholarship Program
www.pacificwestcancerfund.org
1-504-304-6423

Eligibility requirements
Vary by University

Financial award
$1,500 per year

Description
The Pacific West Cancer Fund committed over $93,000 in scholarships to collegiate cancer survivors throughout the United States since the program’s inception in 1997.  Termed “Survivor Scholarships,” these grants have been given to over 70 different universities in the United States. Grants of $1,500 are given to each university on a yearly basis and that university has the sole duty and commitment to search out and award the grant to a qualified candidate or candidates. Many of the universities have chosen recipients that are currently facing medical bills because of their fight with cancer. For more information about the Survivor Scholarships, please visit the website, click the “Programs” link at the top of the page, then click “Patient Programs” on the left side of the next page. To apply for a Survivor Scholarship, please contact the financial aid office at any college or university and they should be able to provide you information about this scholarship.

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States
www.pbtfus.org
1-800-253-6530

Eligibility requirements
Scholarships are available for students who have been diagnosed with a childhood brain and/or spinal cord tumor.

Financial award
Up to $5,000 over a two-year period, with an opportunity to reapply after two years

Description
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s scholarship program is designed to cover tuition, tuition fees and books for survivors who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college, or a 4-year college or university.  To inquire about a scholarship application, please call 1-800-253-6530 or send an e-mail to familysupport@pbtfus.org.

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The SAMFund (Surviving and Moving Forward)
www.thesamfund.org
Email: info@thesamfund.org 617-938-3484

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must be cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35 living in the United States.

Financial award
Scholarships range from $500-$10,000

Description
The mission of The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer is to assist cancer survivors with their transition into a successful post-treatment life. The foundation distributes grants and scholarships in an effort to enable survivors to pursue their educational or professional goals. Please visit the Web site and click on the link “The Grants and Scholarships” on the left side of the page. This link will allow you to register in the SAMFund database and receive updates about the scholarship program.

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SuperSibs! Scholarships
www.supersibs.org
1-866-444-7427

Eligibility requirements
Applicant must be a sibling of a child with cancer, live in the United States, be a graduating high school senior and be attending an accredited educational institution in the upcoming semester.

Financial award
Two $5,000.00 scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors.

Description
SuperSibs! helps children redefine the “cancer sibling” experience by providing needed support services and by helping to draw out the greater and important lessons that may benefit these children later in their own lives.  As part of these efforts, SuperSibs! will award scholarships to students who illustrate their ability to take this difficult life experience and turn it into a positive, strength-building experience, to create good in their own lives and the lives of others. The recipients of the award will be chosen by a special selection committee and will be based on a personal essay, a letter of recommendation (cannot be from a parent), and academic achievement. SuperSibs! wants siblings to know, especially during the fight against cancer, that they are special and important people, too, and that there is an organization to provide support for their unique needs.  For more information, please visit the Web site and click on the “Services” link at the top of the page, then click “Scholarship Program” on the right side of the page.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program
http://www.rmhc.org/mission/scholarships/index.html
630-623-7048 (global office)

Eligibility requirements
Requirements vary for the three types of scholarships that are offered.

Financial award
Scholarships are generally a minimum of $1,000.

Description
Local Chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities offer scholarships to students from disadvantaged communities who face limited access to educational and career opportunities. The three scholarships that are offered are the “African American Future Achievers Scholarship,” the “Asian Students Increasing Achievement Scholarship,” and the “Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources Scholarship.”  While the specific eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary, all are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, and personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a required essay.

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Federal Student Aid Information Center
www.fafsa.ed.gov; www.studentaid.ed.gov
1-800-433-3243

Eligibility requirements
To apply for a Pell Grant, the student must be currently enrolled at an undergraduate institution or in the process of applying. Students who have already received their Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for graduate school funding.

Financial award
Funding is awarded on a need-based scale that accounts for medical expenses.

Description
Students interested in the Pell Grant should visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. This website provides detailed information on eligibility requirements and the application process.  Students interested in a Stafford Loan or a Perkins Loan should visit www.studentaid.ed.gov. Please note that the Stafford and Perkins Loans MUST BE REPAID and are therefore not considered grants. However, these loans are available for both undergraduate and graduate study. Undergraduate and graduate students looking for jobs to support themselves should go to www.studentaid.ed.gov for information on the Federal Work Study Program.

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Americorps National and Community Service Program
www.americorps.org
1-800-942-2677

Eligibility requirements
Students must be at least 17 years old and must be either a citizen of the United States or a legal alien.

Financial award
Full-time educational awards of $4,725 per year.

Description
In order to receive a scholarship, the student must join AmeriCorps and serve in one of its Service Programs full or part time over a 10- to 12-month period. After successfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust are eligible to receive an education award. The education award can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education or training, or to repay qualified student loans.

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Ruritan National Foundation
http://www.ruritan.org/clubResources
1-877-787-8727

Eligibility requirements
The applicant must know two members of a local Ruritan Club who can write recommendations on his or her behalf.

Financial award
Depends on individual need and on available funds.

Description
The Ruritan National Foundation Educational Grant Fund is a program established to assist young men and women secure formal training beyond high school. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, character, scholarship, academic promise and desire by the applicant for further education or training. To download the scholarship application, please visit the Web site listed above, click on the “Printable Forms” link at the top of the page, and then scroll down and click on the “Grant Application Form” link. Questions regarding eligibility requirements and application procedures can be sent to office@ruritan.org.

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