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Scholarship and Education Information

Originally published on November 13, 2009
Most recently updated on February 2, 2016

The following resources can help survivors locate scholarships and find pertinent information regarding educational needs that may be unique to them. Scholarships are listed on order of their deadline. Please note that some may be limited to certain regional areas.

Scholarship Resources:


This is a scholarship for students with learning disabilities. This has an application link.
Deadline: February 10th, 2016
The Ashley Tamburri Scholarship                            
This scholarship is for cancer survivors and patients who are seniors in high school and lives in and attends high school in Carroll, Howard, Frederick, Montgomery or Washington County, Maryland. Scholarships are not based upon financial need or scholastic ability.
Deadline: February 15, 2016
This is a scholarship for people who are or who have been diagnosed with a chronic, life-threatening disease. The scholarship is for $3,000 a year for up to four years.
Deadline: February 27th, 2016

MARCH 2016

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
Scholarship Program                                     
This is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a cancer survivor or patient between the ages of 18 - 35 and who will be 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.
Phone: 240-515-6262.   
Deadline: Applications open in March
This website has all the requirements that an applicant needs to apply.. This has the mailing address for the application.
Deadline: March 1, 2016
This fund is committed to help young adults continue their education after overcoming childhood cancer, or cancer of a family member. Winners will be rewarded with $2,500 over the course of two semesters.
Deadline: March 1st, 2016
The Orion Fund               
Scholarship Program                     
Each year The Orion Fund awards grants to California college students with serious illness or injury. Candidates must be in college, under the age of 30, and have a serious medical condition affecting their ability to stay in school. . Grants generally range from $300 to $3000.           
Deadline: March, 2016
These scholarships are granted to cancer survivors that are full time students. Must be accepted to an accredited academic institution, and be at the undergraduate level. 
Deadline: March 18th, 2016
The requirements for this scholarship are a 3.2 gpa, a 1750 on the SAT, a 500 word essay and dedication to the applicant’s community. Provides the scholarship to young adults with cystic fibrosis, this is a $5,000 scholarship.
Deadline: March 23rd, 2016
This is a scholarship for people that are legally blind ranging up to $10,000.
Deadline: March 31st, 2016
Call: 212-769-7801
This is a scholarship for students with learning disabilities.. There is a list of requirements.
Deadline: March 31st, 2016
The applicant must be legally blind, be residing in the United States, and must be planning to pursue a full-time postsecondary education.
Deadline: March 31st, 2016
This scholarship rewards college students who are cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer. Forty $3,500 scholarships will be rewarded.
Deadline: March 31st, 2016
APRIL 2016
This is for people who are legally blind. Also must be attending college as a full-time student.
Deadline: April 1st, 2016
This is a scholarship specifically for people that are blind.
Deadline: April 1st, 2016
Scholarships for Hearing loss:
This has a list of several links that are for scholarships for students that are deaf or hard of hearing.
Deadline for most scholarships on link: April 1st, 2016
This has a list of requirements and also the mailing address listed. The value is at $500.
Deadline: April 1st, 2016
The Hydrocephalus Association’s Scholarship Program was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to capable and promising young adults who live with the ongoing challenges and complexities of hydrocephalus. Award is $1,000.
Deadline: April 1st
On this website an applicant can download an application and the mailing address is listed. This has several different funds the applicant can apply for.  
Deadline: April 20th, 2016
This is a one time scholarship opportunity in honor of Herbert Shaw Jr. This is a $500 scholarship
Deadline: April 30th 2016
Phone: 404-252-4107
MAY 2016
This is a one time $5,000 scholarship that is awarded to applicants who must be a brain or spinal cord cancer survivor. Also must be currently attending a two to four year college.
Deadline: May 1st, 2016
Phone: 914-238-8384
This scholarship’s purpose is to ease financial hardships of a childhood brain tumor diagnosis and help the survivor’s reach their goals. This is a one-year $500 scholarship.
Deadline: May 1st, 2016
JUNE 2016
MD Anderson Cancer Center     
CAP Scholarship Program - Undergraduate                         
This scholarship is for students between the ages of 16 and 25, have been a patient treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center before their 19th birthday or were treated on a pediatric protocol and have had a malignant diagnosis or allied disease with known malignant potential. 
Deadline: June 2015                             
This scholarship is for students between the ages of 21 and 30, have been a patient treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center before their 19th birthday or were treated on a pediatric protocol and have had a malignant diagnosis or allied disease with known malignant potential.                       
Deadline: June 2015
The applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be posted in January. Three students will be elected to receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Deadline: June, 2016
This isn’t really a scholarship; it’s more of a fund for people that have vision problems that need assistance.
Deadline: June 30, 2016
This is a scholarship for college students that have had an amputation. This is a $500 scholarship.
Deadline: August 31st, 2016
Scholarships for students with learning disabilities:
This is the National center for learning disabilities list of scholarships. Deadlines can be found when looking at the specific scholarship.
This scholarship provides financial aid for students who are going to a four-year institution and are to help students who have battled childhood cancer. The application will open sometime in the spring semester for next school year.
Students with physical disabilities:
This is a scholarship for college students that have physical disabilities. Some requirements include; a B average, and have a serious physical challenge. This scholarship also includes an essay. The deadline is listed on the website if you contact the organization.
This is a 2016 scholarship for the next school year that is for full-time college students with a physical disability. The application will be listed on this website soon. Gives scholarships to several college students annually.
This is a scholarship for a PVA member, spouse of a PVA member, or a child of a PVA member. The scholarship application opens next school year.
Princeton Area Community Foundation                                   
The Princeton Area Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for students in the local Princeton area.  Please see website for more details and individual deadlines.  

Center for Parent Information and Resources

CPIR (formerly the The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT)
DO-It serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. Although some of the information is based on the state of Washington, it is applicable to most states.  
Phone: 888-972-DOIT
FCTD provides a wide range of resources about instructional and assistive technologies.
Phone: 202-884-8068
The George Washington University Heath Resource Center
The GWU Health Resource Center is a national clearinghouse for postsecondary education options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Phone: 202-973-0904
LDA supports children with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.
Phone: 412-341-1515
The site features articles, forums, contributions among experts, along with many other things to reach their goal of helping children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
NCLD connects parents and others with resources, provides educators with evidence-based tools and engages advocates in public policy initiatives.
Phone: 888-575-7373
OSERS supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs and provides for rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. It also supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Phone: 202-205-5465
The mission of PACER Center is to offeropportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
Phone: 952-838-9000
There can often be a communication gap between the home and the many education staff members who work with your child. To ensure that each staff member is alerted to either your child’s special needs or those of his or her siblings, a communication form can be developed between you and school personnel. A sample PDF form can be downloaded from clicking the link above and can be used for a child with cancer or for a sibling of a child with cancer . This form ,..
Wrights Law offers updated and accurate information of special education laws.





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