5 Scholarships for Cancer Survivors You Should Know About

5 Scholarships for Cancer Survivors You Should Know About


Sarah Flowers

2 months ago at 4:41 PM

Scholarships are an excellent way to fund your education and further your knowledge. For people that have been impacted by cancer before or during their college education, there is scholarship money available to help offset the impact of cancer treatment on financial abilities. Discover if you qualify for these scholarships!

The financial burden of cancer is hard enough to deal with as is, but when cancer impacts you in the midst of your education, it can become a large source of ongoing stress. That's why scholarships exist!

We've complied a list of scholarship funds established to help offset the costs of getting an education during cancer treatment. If you're currently earning a degree or looking to further your education but are worried about your finances, these scholarships may help you fund the education you deserve.

NCCF Survivor Scholarship Program

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

Scholarship Deadline: May 31, 2022

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. Applicant must be a cancer survivor or current patient between the ages of 18-35. An exception will be made if you are 17 and entering college in the fall following application. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is attending or planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational institution in pursuit of an associate, bachelor, master's, doctorate or certificate.

PAF Scholarship for Survivors

Scholarship Amount: $5,000 - $7,000

Scholarship Deadline: March 9, 2022

The purpose of PAF's Scholarships for Survivors is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life threatening debilitating disease within the past five years. Applicants must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals. People from all over the country are encouraged to apply!

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $4,000

Scholarship Deadline: March 31, 2022

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to award $4,000 to one student whose life has been impacted by cancer. Applicants who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) are eligible to apply as well as those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two- or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. This is a great scholarship option for caregivers and supporters who's education was impacted by a loved one's treatment.

Beyond the Cure Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $3,000 - $7,000

Scholarship Deadline: March 31, 2022

The Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship program remains the leader in both the dollar amount awarded and the number of recipients.  Fifty-eight (58) scholarships are awarded each academic year to help childhood cancer survivors achieve their academic and professional goals. Applicants 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 United States living within the country and attending school in the U.S., and accepted into a post-secondary school for the fall semester of upcoming academic year. The NCCS is deeply grateful to The Centene Charitable Foundation and the Engelhardt Family Foundation for their generous support of the program.

The Ortlieb Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

Scholarship Deadline: June 15, 2022

The Ortlieb Foundation was created to honor cancer survivor Evan Ortleib, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 16. Scholarships are awarded twice each year (spring and fall) and are valued at $1,000 each. The submission deadline for the spring semester is December 15, and the deadline for the fall semester is June 15. Eligibility requirements include: letter of cancer diagnosis and treatment of chemotherapy, radiation, or proton therapy from your oncologist, proof of enrollment in full-time study at a four-year college or university, transcripts from high school or college, standardized test scores (ACT or SAT), 1040 tax documents from parents and self, 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, mentors, or employers. and a 250-word essay on academic and career goals

Don't see any scholarship you currently qualify for?

Reach out to OneVillage if you’re having trouble finding financial aid for cancer, or would like more information on the ones we’ve outlined here. 

We’d be happy to have one of our volunteer ambassadors work with you on an individual basis.  Simply send an us email with the title “scholarships” to support@onevillage.io.


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Tonya West

Thank you, this is a great resource I'm going to share with my daughter who is in college.

Fran Larson

Wonderful that these organizations are putting money to work for such a great cause 🙏

Melanie Jones


June Slone

I needed a list just like this! It's so hard to find funding for school and I'm glad there are options for survivors like us.


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