College Scholarships

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There are many scholarships that are available to cancer patients and survivors. The ones that are available in Michigan are marked with a mitten.

Children’s cause for Cancer Advocacy

Award: (2) $2,000 scholarships

Eligibility: Under 25 years old, legal resident of US enrolled in a bachelors degree or higher.

*See application for all requirements and deadline.

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Cancer Survivors Fund College Scholarship

Scholarships are granted for college education of the cancer survivors. Recipients are selected by a committee based on applicants’ personal hardship and financial need. See full list of requirements and download application.

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My Hometown Heroes

My Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 organization designed to provide scholarships for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 39. Our mission is to financially assist and recognize these amazing individuals who are pursuing a college education. Through community outreach, collaboration, and creativity we inspire with stories of hope and progress.

Dates to submit applications typically between Nov and Feb.

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Mesothelioma.net Scholarship

Who can apply:

Any student who has lived with and fought against any type of cancer, not limited to mesothelioma, is welcome to apply. We also encourage any students who have watched a family member or close friend go through the experience of fighting cancer.

(1) $2,000 scholarship

See website for application deadline.

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Pediatric Oncology Resource Center

Visit link for the most up to date scholarship information we have found.

Broken down by cancer related General Scholarships and Regional Scholarships. They also have links to Affordable Online Colleges.

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Aaron Bonner Scholars Program

There are 3 separate Aaron Bonner Scholarships; Two for undergraduate and One for study abroad.

Purpose: To assist those with financial need in college costs.

Deadline: Refer to webiste for details.

Award: varies and is renewable.

Eligibility requirements:

Enrolled full time as a high school senior in the US with plans to enter a post-secondary institution no later than the fall following graduation.

Demonstrate financial need.

Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.

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American Cancer Society

Depending on where you live, your local chapter of ACS may offer scholarships. Call 800.227.2345 to be connected to your local chapter.

Restrictions

Regional

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Andre Sobel River Of Life Foundation

Within 24 hours, the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation helps with urgent expenses to allow single parents to stay at their child’s bedside during catastrophic illness. There is also a juried competition for young survivors of a catastrophic illness.

Award

$5000 for 1st prize and smaller cash gifts for runner-ups.

Eligibility

Ages 12-21

Survivor of childhood cancer or other catastrophic illness

Application Requirements

Choose an essay topic to write a 1,000 word essay. Topics change yearly.

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

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Cancer for College

Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by Craig Pollard as a senior project while at the USC Business School. Craig was a two-time cancer survivor and witnessed first hand the financial impact cancer can have on a family and the hope a college education can provide to a survivor.

Purpose

To provide hope and inspiration to cancer survivors and amputees by providing college scholarships

Award

Varies dependent on need. California students and residents get first consideration.

Eligibility

Must be a US resident enrolled in an accredited university or community college

Must be a cancer patient/survivor

Perpetual scholarship recipients must be willing to attend regional events associated with scholarship awarded and available for selected interviews and/or media coverage.

Application Requirements

Diagnosis confirmation

School information

Financial information

Personal statement

Copy of acceptance letter

Estimated annual cost of attendance

Tax return

Two letters of recommendation

Transcript

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.cancerforcollege.org

https://cancerforcollege.org/application-faqs/

Restrictions

California first, then National

Cancer Survivors’ Fund From Thriving to Surviving Logo

Cancer Survivors’ Fund From Thriving to Surviving

We envision to reach every young cancer survivor who is actively seeking for a scholarship and/or financial assistance to obtain prosthetics needing our help to continue their education for personal growth and better, brighter future.

Purpose

Cancer Survivors’ Fund provides scholarships for young cancer survivors, give them a new purpose and meaning in life and enable them to continue their college education.

Award

Based on financial need

Eligibility

The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, and does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify.

The applicant is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate school.

Application Requirements

The Fund requires the recipient of a scholarship to submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college/university of their choice or a letter of good standing from the registrar

Complete the online Scholarship application

Submit two letters of recommendation

A letter from your attending physician verifying medical history and current medical situation

Submit an essay discussing “HOW HAS MY EXPERIENCE WITH CANCER IMPACTED MY LIFE VALUES AND CAREER GOALS?

Applicants must agree to do volunteer work to use their cancer experience to help other young cancer patients and survivors

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.cancersurvivorsfund.org

www.cancersurvivorsfund.org/ScholarshipEligibilityRequirements.htm

Restrictions

National

Chalik & Chalik Annual Survivors Scholarship

A new college scholarship has been announced by Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. Aimed at those who have survived a serious medical diagnosis and are moving forward in their lives, the $1,000 scholarship is open to those attending college or law school in the U.S.

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Environmental Research Center

Chris Heptinstall founded the Environmental Research Center (ERC) to bring about an environmental balance and change to the industries that continue to contaminate the consumer. He seeks to bring about public awareness to the toxins and contaminants found within many consumer products. Chris founded ERC in 2009 and has had tremendous success in persuading companies doing business in California to change their trade practices and bring their products into compliance. Chris has a passion for the outdoors and welcomes the opportunity to partner with other organizations concerned about the health of consumers and the environment.

Purpose

These scholarships are 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.

Award

Scholarships, up to $1,000.00 each, will be awarded on an ongoing basis to students who qualify.

Eligibility

Qualified applicants must be students who will be, or who already have been, accepted to an accredited two or four year higher education institution

Can provide verification of a diagnosis of cancer

Must be a United States Citizen

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

Application Requirements

A completed scholarship application

At least two personal letters of recommendation from personal references, not family members

High school transcript

Acceptance letter to an accredited 2 or 4 year higher education institution or copy of your unofficial college transcript

Doctor’s written diagnosis of your cancer diagnosis

A one page synopsis of your path to recovery

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.erc501c3.org/

www.erc501c3.org/scholarships/erc-cancer-scholarship/

Restrictions

California

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FinAid

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Purpose

Search engine for multiple scholarship opportunities. Site provides information about scholarships for cancer patients, survivors, children of a patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.finaid.org

www.finaid.org/scholarships/cancer.phtml

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Friends of Scott

Friends of Scott is a non-profit organization that was founded in memory of Scott Delgadillo who lost his life to childhood cancer. The Friends of Scott Foundation’s (FSF) mission is to help children with cancer and their families. We ensure they receive the emotional and financial support needed to cope with this devastating disease. FSF strives to bring Childhood Cancer Awareness to the community.

Purpose

Our scholarship program is designed to provide funding to survivors who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college, or a four-year college or university.

Award

$1,000

Eligibility

Applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently receiving treatment

Must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited undergraduate or graduate school

Application Requirements

Applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently receiving treatment

Must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited undergraduate or graduate school

Submit copy of acceptance letter from the college or university

Two letters of recommendation

Signed statement from attending physician verifying applicant’s medical history

Submit a 500 word essay describing “How has my experience with cancer impacted my life?”

Complete the application including a signature

Submit a release form stating their photos and success stories can appear on the FSF website

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.friendsofscott.org

www.friendsofscott.org/scholarship.aspx

Restrictions

National

John Foy “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship Logo

John Foy “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship

Here at John Foy & Associates, we are known as the “Strong Arm of Georgia”. We are a tough Atlanta Personal Injury law firm that will fight to the finish for our clients. But our associates know that not every battle is fought in the courtroom. Fighting a disease requires more than a legal “Strong Arm”-it requires a dedicated team of medical staff, loved ones and countless more. Fighting leukemia requires determination, drive and diligence in both the patient and the patient’s loved ones. Often, the battle is a solitary one, isolating the patient and family. Our firm associates recognize this. That’s why we are delighted to introduce the first-ever John Foy & Associates “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

The Purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself, or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment we want to hear from you.

Award: $4,000 to one student per semester

Application Deadline: Refer to website for details.

Requirements:

Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program.

This scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens.

Students must be in academic “Good Standing” and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

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Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, community college, and four-year university students who are leukemia patients and/or are children of non-surviving leukemia patients. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time, have a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is offered nationwide.

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National Children’s Cancer Society

The mission of The National Children’s Cancer Society is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.

Purpose

The Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation.

Award

Not Published

Eligibility

Applicant must be:

A childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18 with cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor

A citizen of the US living within the country and attending school in the U.S.

Accepted into a post-secondary school in the Fall

Application Requirements

Beyond the Cure (BTC) Ambassador Scholarship application completed in full

Written essay as directed in the application

Copy of the acceptance letter from the college, university or vocational/technical school you plan to attend

Written documentation from your treating physician confirming your cancer diagnosis, age and date of diagnosis and treatment status

Two letters of recommendation

Official transcript(s) with signature and/or official school seal

2.5 minimum GPA

Brief summary of community service

Completed financial form that verifies financial status

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Restrictions

National

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National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to help these survivors and their families establish a “Will Win” attitude in their fight.

NCCF is committed to providing need-based financial support to young adult survivors who are pursuing higher education throughout their treatment and beyond. Furthermore, the Foundation promotes awareness and prevention of cancer within the young adult community.

Purpose

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment.

Award

These $1,000 competitive awards will be judged based on the criteria listed below. All scholarships are one-time awards. Previous awardees are encouraged to apply each year that awards are offered. However, they must submit a new application each year.

Eligibility

Must be a young adult cancer survivor or current patient.

Note: we do not currently offer scholarships to siblings or children of cancer survivors.

Must be between the ages of 18-35

An exception will be made if you are 17 and entering college in the fall following application.

US citizen or permanent resident

Attending or planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational institution in pursuit of an associate, bachelor, master’s, doctorate or certificate as of the fall following application.

Application Requirements

Displaying a “Will Win” attitude with respect to his or her cancer experience

Quality of essays

Financial need

Overall story of cancer survivorship

Commitment to education

Quality of recommendations

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Restrictions

National

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National GRACE Foundation

The National GRACE Foundation provides FREE college admissions and financial aid counseling to pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

Purpose

GRACE helps students and families:

understand the college admission process

reach deadlines and requirements of the colleges of interest

assist in applying for outside/private scholarships

work with parents on understanding total costs of the school

serve as a reference

act as a liaison with schools

continue to work with students upon graduation on managing student loans, etc.

work with undergrads on pursuing a graduate degree

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.graceamerica.org

www.graceamerica.org/GraceFoundation/services/

Restrictions

National

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Nicki Leach Foundation

Assisting Florida’s First Coast teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Purpose

We provide educational scholarships to young adults who have cancer (age 17-25) so that they can have a normal college experience.

Award

Not Published

Eligibility

Must be between the ages of 17 – 35

Diagnosed with a malignant medical condition (cancer)

Application Requirements

Completed application

A letter (on letterhead) from your treating oncologist that informs us of your diagnosis and treatment

We do not require medical reports

A letter to The Nicki Leach Foundation telling us how cancer has changed your life, and how you would use a gift from Nicki

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Restrictions

Florida

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Patient Advocate Foundation

During PAF’s daily interactions with patients, PAF staff often interface with patients who either themselves or a loved one has experienced the impact of a chronic illness or life threatening disease on one’s post secondary education.

In 2000, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Nancy Davenport-Ennis established the Scholarship for Survivors program to hone these individuals by offering educational scholarships to those who have suffered (or are suffering) a life threatening disease or chronic condition. These students have, despite their disease/condition, excelled academically, served the community, and desire to pursue a secondary education.

Purpose

The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to individuals, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life threatening disease within the past five years.

Award

Award amount is $3,000 payable in equal amounts (per semester/trimester/quarter) directly to the college or university for the purpose of defraying tuition, books and other fee costs

Eligibility

Applicant must be under the age of 25

Applicant must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a life threatening disease within the past 5 years

Applicant must be pursuing an Associate’s Degree as a bridge to a Bachelor’s degree or higher

(Note: the applicant may be directly pursuing a Bachelor’s degree first without obtaining an Associate’s degree)

Application Requirements

Applicant must complete Scholarship for Survivors application in full (Part A-E)

Write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their lives and their future goals (1000 word maximum)

Submit written documentation from a treating physician that outlines applicants’ medical history

Provide an OFFICIAL high school and/or current college transcript (to include school seal); whichever is applicable

Must submit completed financial form that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of tax return

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

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Pacific West Cancer Fund Scholarships

Award

Provides $1,500 for cancer survivors through 70 colleges and universities.

Details

Phone: 1.504.301.1464

Location: 757 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 204 New Orleans, LA 70130

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Purpose

You must be diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or nonmalignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor, as identified by the World Health Organization.

Award: Varies each academic year

Application deadline: Refer to site for details

Requirements

A completed online application with all necessary uploaded electronic documents. The electronic documents required are:

Signed physician’s letter confirming diagnosis

Signed medical release form

School transcript

One recommendation letter

Plan to attend or already attending an accredited academic institution within the United States.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Purpose: RMHC desire to assist students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Application deadline: refer to site for details.

Award: Varies yearly

General Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:

Be a high school senior

Be younger than 21 years old

Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study

Be a legal U.S. resident

Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area

Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application

Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program

Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution

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Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund

A Scholarship Fund for Kids Fighting Lymphoma

Purpose

Cancer and cancer treatment takes a terrible toll on high school students, many of whom are unable to graduate on time, to do well on the SATS, to attend class regularly or to participate in sports or other activities that might culminate in a scholarship for college. The Fund aims to serve this group of youngsters who have been deprived of a normal high school experience that most teenagers take for granted.

Award

Each award is $1000.

Priority is given to students still undergoing treatment and those with permanent effects from treatment.

Eligibility

You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

You were diagnosed with lymphoma (any type) or a recurrence of lymphoma between age 13 & graduation from high school

You were under active treatment for lymphoma while in high school, resulting in a substantial impact on your ability to attend class, take the SAT’s, etc.

You have a treatment history that includes chemotherapy and / or radiation

You are currently a high school senior graduating in 2013

You have not previously been awarded a scholarship from our fund

You will be pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree at an accredited 2 year or 4 year college OR you will be enrolled in an accredited trade program that will result in certification

Application Requirements

MAIL your completed application form, proof of school enrollment, essay and treating oncologist’s letter

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Restrictions

Lymphoma only

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The Stephen’s Soldiers Foundation was founded to make a difference in the lives of children/young adults and their families that have experienced cancer. Stephen’s Soldiers seeks to educate the community about young adults with cancer and how they can help, provide a platform to share survivor/non-survivor stories that encourage proactive activities and awards scholarships for cancer survivor students.

Purpose

Provide scholarship assistance to young adults who have had or are currently fighting cancer.

Award

Three $2,500 scholarships are awarded per year

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

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The Rainbow Connection Michigan Icon

When you dream, your mind takes you to a place where anything is possible. When you dream there are no limits to what you can accomplish. And when you dream you leave all your troubles behind. For the thousands of Michigan kids suffering with life threatening illnesses, sometimes a dream feels like all they have. Making those dreams come true is what The Rainbow Connection is all about.

Purpose

The purpose of The Rainbow Connection Scholarship Program is to support the educational goals of our wish recipients. The scholarship amount is $1000. Each $1000 scholarship is paid directly to the institution selected by the recipient.

Award

$1000, up to four years. Must reapply each year.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a recipient of a Rainbow Connection wish.

Not based upon financial need therefore financial statement is not required.

Not based upon scholastic ability. Recipient’s acceptance into an accredited college/university will provide evidence of academic ability.

Application Requirements

The applicant must submit a letter with a completed application telling the selection committee about the wish experience and how the diagnosis has impacted your life and future goals.

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.rainbowconnection.org

http://www.rainbowconnection.org/services/scholarship-fund/

Restrictions

Michigan

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The SAMFund

The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals.

Purpose

No longer offering tuition assistance, but will help with other expenses. There is a link to several tuition assistance sites for cancer patients/survivors

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.thesamfund.org

www.thesamfund.org/what-we-do/grants/

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The Simon Cancer Foundation

The Simon Cancer Foundation was created in honor of Harvey Simon and his struggle with cancer. Due to his Multiple Myeloma, he endured chemotherapy as well as a stem cell transplant. Harvey represents the true meaning of the human will and his spirit and accomplishments will live on through this foundation

Purpose

To provide a one-time scholarship to cancer patients/survivors who are attending college.

Award

Several $500 and $1000 scholarships

Eligibility

Enrolled in 4-Year College or University in the Fall of the previous year

Have a cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA (4.0 scale)

Demonstrate strong leadership and community service commitment

Purpose

Provide GPA

Outline community service

Outline Leadership

Essay on how your experience with cancer driven you to help others? (1000 word limit)

Application Deadline

Refer to website for details.

Links

www.thescf.org/index.html

www.thescf.org/Scholarships.html

Restrictions

National

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SurvivorVision’s® Textbook Scholarship Program: Helping Survivors Make the Grade!

SurvivorVision® is very excited to announce our Textbook Scholarship Program. This initiative is specifically geared towards pediatric cancer patient/survivors. We hope to empower cancer patients/survivors to live the best life possible after cancer. This scholarship will help young cancer survivors obtain a college education and attain their personal, professional and educational goals.

Due June 1 of upcoming school year.

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The Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults

We enhance lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer. We envision a world in which all young adults affected by cancer will have the access to resources necessary to thrive.

Purpose

To provide young adults and their families with a unique and comprehensive system of support.

To provide support programs, education and resources, free of charge, to benefit young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer.

To promote awareness and prevention of cancer.

Award

There are multiple scholarship opportunities via this group. Award is $2500 per semester for two semesters. See below for specific details.

Eligibility

Applicants must have been 15 or older during active treatment or applicants must have been 15 or older when their parent/sibling was in active treatment. Winner is obligated to 40 hours of community service. For more information on each of the individual scholarships, please visit ulmanfund.org/scholarships.

Howard County Resident Scholarship for a young adult affected by cancer by their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent or sibling:

Evan Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

University or Hospital specific scholarships for young adults affected by cancer by their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling:

The Satola Family Scholarship at the University of Virginia

The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Scholarship for a resident of Maryland, DC or Virginia who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis or a parent/guardian or sibling:

The Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship

The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

Graduate-level scholarship for a resident of the Baltimore/DC area who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling:

The Ulman Cancer Fund BOYAA College Scholarship

National Scholarship for a young adult affected by cancer through the diagnosis of a parent/guardian:

The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship Award

The Vera Yipp Memorial Scholarship Award

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship Award

National Scholarship to a young adult in active cancer treatment:

The Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award

Application Requirements

Many scholarships have similar criteria- only ONE application is required per applicant. The application will be evaluated for every scholarship for which the student qualifies. The only exception is the Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship for a student in active treatment. That application is different and must be filled out separately.

Application Deadline

See website

Links

www.ulmanfund.org

www.ulmanfund.org/scholarships/

Restrictions

Regional