Free Scholarships for Cancer Survivors
If you or someone you know has had cancer and wants to go back to school, please take a look at the scholarship programs below. These programs are open and available nationwide to cancer patients in the USA. Scholarships can be used for books, supplies and tuition and are available to help make professional dreams come true.
The scholarships we’ve included here range from $1000 to $15000 or more. Many have GPA requirements. Be sure to review each specific program for eligibility, application process, and deadlines. Scholarships are available for both survivors and family members. Get in touch directly with the scholarship you’re interested in for assistance.
Cancer takes so much. If you or a loved one is looking to go back to school, these scholarship programs can help. We hope one of these scholarships provides you with the financial assistance to make your educational goals a reality. ❤️
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Cancer Relief Scholarship Fund
This teen-led organization provides $500.00 scholarships to cancer patients in the USA who are in active treatment and have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must meet income guidelines, minimum GPA, and provide proof of diagnosis. Award based on the applicant’s needs and current funding. To apply for this scholarship from the Cancer Relief Foundation, please complete the contact form here to initiate your request.
Northwestern Mutual Scholarship for Siblings
Northwestern Mutual Foundation offers a national scholarship program for siblings of cancer patients. This program awards $5,000 to undergraduate students in the USA under the age of 25 with a GPA of at least 2.5. The grant is renewable for one year for a total of $10,000. To apply for the next scholarship cycle, please visit the Northwestern Mutual Foundation program site here.
The Life Lessons Scholarship
The Life Lessons Scholarship Program sponsored by Life Happens is a financial award program for college students and college-bound high school seniors age 17-24 who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer. This program has awarded over 2.5 million dollars to students in the USA since its inception. Awards vary based on financial need. To apply to the next open cycle, please visit the website.
Ortlieb Foundation Scholarship
The Ortlieb Foundation Scholarship is available to full-time students at four-year colleges or universities in the USA. All applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer and had (or are having) treatment for this disease and meet income requirements. To apply for this $1000 scholarship, please visit this link for the next open cycle.
NCCF Legacy Scholarship
Phone: (240) 515-6262
The NCCF Legacy Scholarship is a national program available to college students who have lost a parent or legal guardian to cancer. Applicants must be residents of the USA, be between the ages of 17 and 35, and have unmet financial need to qualify for this $1000 scholarship. To apply for the next cycle, please visit this page.
The Simon Cancer Foundation
Graduate and undergraduate college scholarships are available to those in the USA who have battled cancer in their lifetime. Applicants must be attending a four-year university in the US and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. An application with essay question is required to apply. For more information and to download the application package, please visit this link.
Chalik & Chalik Annual Survivors Scholarship
National scholarship program for a deserving student who was diagnosed with cancer and demonstrated resilience, compassion, and commitment to help others. Scholarship is $1000 and based on financial need. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and be admitted, to or enrolled in, an accredited college/university in the USA. To view the next open cycle and apply, please visit this link.
Phone: (832) 729-6063
The SOAR Scholarship is $1000 and awarded to US residents of any age who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer and want to pursue higher education. Eligibility is based on financial need, academic standing, and personal essay. To view the next open cycle and apply, please visit this link.
Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship
National scholarship providing financial assistance to any student in the USA with a passion for fitness/athletics pursuing post high school education after a cancer diagnosis/treatment. To view the next open cycle and apply, please visit the Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship website.
Special Love Scholarship Program
Phone: (888) 930-2707
Special Love offers college scholarships for books, housing, and tuition to assist children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Scholarship requests must come from your doctor, social worker, or hospital representative. For current status and application, please call toll-free (888) 930-2707 or visit the website for an online application.
The NCCS Scholarship Program
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards 40 annual college scholarships of $3500 to childhood cancer survivors in the USA who are pursuing higher education. For eligibility and current application status, please visit this page on the NCCS website.
Cancer for College
Provides college scholarships to cancer survivors in the USA pursuing a degree. Since its inception, Cancer for College has provided over $2.3 million in scholarships to almost 1,100 cancer survivors. Awards range from $1000 – $5,000. The application period is Nov 2-Jan 31 each year. For current application, please visit this page.
PAF Scholarships for Survivors
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) provides $3000 scholarships for USA residents under the age of 25 who have been diagnosed with cancer within the past five years and who are pursuing a Bachelor-level degree (or higher) in the United States. For current program availability and application, please visit this page on the PAF website.
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
Provides $1000 to young adults 18-35 whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. For the next open application period, visit http://collegiatecancer.org/scholarships/.
Doran & Murphy Scholarship
Open to any current high school senior, college student, or graduate student who has been affected by cancer and is a USA resident and enrolled in a two to five-year post-secondary institution for the upcoming semester. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial award is $1000 annually. Please visit this link to apply.
Like everyone, our kids have dreams too. I am so thankful places like this help make dreams come true.
Hi Imogen! We, too, are grateful for the generosity of all of these agencies who are truly making a difference in the lives of cancer patients nationwide.
PAF is great, isn’t it?
Yes, Allan, we agree!