Academic Scholarships for Breast Cancer Survivors and Others

Scholarships can help both childhood and adult cancer survivors

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Aware of the physical, emotional and economic hardships cancer survivors endure following diagnosis and treatment, a number of organizations offer scholarships to breast cancer survivors and others to aid their recovery. Pursuing educational goals can be particularly difficult for cancer survivors because of the economic and emotional hardships that follow them even after treatment ends. Accordingly, many foundations provide academic scholarships to them.

If you're a cancer survivor interested in pursuing higher education, here you will find information about academic scholarships specifically for survivors like you. Each organization has criteria that must be met to apply. Some cater to patients or survivors of certain types of cancer, specific age groups or survivors who live in certain areas. 

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults scholarship is available for young adult cancer patients and survivors. It is also open to individuals whose parents or siblings had cancer. Certain criteria must be met to apply:

  • Applicants must have been 15 or older during active treatment.
  • Applicants must have been 15 or older when their parent or sibling was in active treatment.

For more information, email scholarship@ulmanfund.org.

The Pink Rose Foundation

Children who have lost a parent or legal guardian to breast cancer may be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and under 25. They must also be accepted to a college or certificate program. For more information visit the Pink Rose Foundation website.

National Collegiate College Foundation

The National Collegiate College Foundation provides need-based scholarships to cancer patients and survivors.

To be eligible, you must be between 18-35 years of age (17 year old high school seniors may also apply), a US citizen and be a cancer patient or survivor. An essay is required as part of the application. For more information please visit the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation.

Cancer for College

Two-time cancer survivor Craig Pollard founded Cancer for College while attending business school at the University of Southern California. Cancer survivors or amputees (Pollard lost both legs to an aggressive bacterial infection) are eligible to apply for a scholarship ranging from $250 to $4,000. For more information, visit the Cancer for College website.

Cancer Survivors Fund

The Cancer Survivors Fund awards scholarships to young cancer survivors or those who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization has several levels of scholarships, and awards are based on personal and financial need. Applicants must be accepted at an accredited undergraduate education program and submit an essay to apply.

Visit the Cancer Survivors Fund website for more information.

The Nicki Leach Foundation

The Nicki Leach Foundation provides college scholarships to young cancer patients and survivors, ages 17-25. The scholarship is unique because it awards grants for not only tuition, but everyday costs associated with attending college, such as living expenses, cell phones and other expenses. The organization requires a letter from the applicant, the applicant's oncologists and an application for assistance to apply. For more information, visit the Nicki Leach Foundation website.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation awards several $5,000 scholarships to cancer survivors to pursue their education goals. Applicants must be under the age of 25 and have been diagnosed with cancer within 5 years of applying. An essay is required as part of the application, along with an acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution. For more information, visit the Patient Advocate Foundation website.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation provides scholarships to survivors of pediatric brain tumors. Awards are given to cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies and other educational expenses. Scholarship amounts and the number of recipients vary each year based on the availability of funding. For more information, visit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation website.

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