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Scholarship and Education Information

Originally published on November 13, 2009
Most recently updated on March 2, 2015

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:

Ronald McDonald House Charities         
RMHC offers 4 scholarships based on heritage.  Applicants must a high school senior younger than 21 years old, eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study, a legal U.S. resident and live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area.  This scholarship is not limited to cancer survivors.            
Email: (put RMHC in the subject line)       
Phone: 855-670-4787     
Deadline: January 20, 2015
Cancer for College         
Must be a cancer patient/cancer survivor and a US resident enrolled in an accredited university or community college.  Preference is given to California residents and students enrolled in a Southern California university.
Phone: 760-599-5096                     
Deadline: January 31, 2015
The Simon Foundation 
Harvey Simon Memorial Scholarship Application                            
Applicants are eligible to apply if they will be enrolled in a 4 year university or college in the Fall of 2014 and has had any type of cancer over their lifetime.                           
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Kids 4 Kids                         
Eligibility for scholarships is limited to survivors of childhood cancer who are pursuing a formal education.  Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18th birthday and must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in an educational institution. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,000 each.                             
Deadline: Spring: February 1, 2014;  Fall: October 1, 2014
The Ashley Foundation Fund    
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 25, 2015

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship                                          
This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, 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. 
Phone: 757-952-1370.                   
Deadline: Must be postmarked no later than February 27, 2015
MARCH 2015
The Ulman Fund for Young Adults                                          
The Ulman Fund offers 14 different scholarships in the amount of $2,500 scholarship based on different criteria.  Scholarships are offered for siblings as well as survivors.                                
Deadline: March 1, 2015

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.                                         
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: Application open in March.
Cancer Survivor Fund
Scholarship Program                                     
Scholarships are granted for college education of the cancer survivors. Recipients are selected by a committee based on applicants' personal hardship and financial need.  
Phone: 281-437-7142     
Deadline: March 20, 2015
The National Children's Cancer Society
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.                      
Deadline: March 31, 2015.
APRIL 2015
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: April 2015. Application is available February 2015.
Hydrocephalus Association
Scholarship Program                                     
The Association offers nine scholarships annually to young adults with hydrocephalus. Check the website for more about each individual scholarship. 
Deadline: April 15, 2015
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US      
Galaxy Scholarship        
The Galaxy Scholarship is designed for graduating high school seniors or high school graduates. The program provides a one-time scholarship of $3,000 to students pursuing an associate’s degree in up to two years, or $6,000 to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in up to four years.
Deadline: April 20,12015
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Scholarship                                 
The PBTF also provides a one-year scholarship of $1,000 to brain tumor survivors who are already in college.      
Phone: 800-253-6530     
Deadline: April 20, 2015

MAY 2015

Making Headway Foundation   
The Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund                               
This scholarship awards pediatric brain or spinal cord tumor patients living in the NY, NJ, CT metropolitan areas.  Applicants must be able to show documentation that they have been accepted to a 4 or 2 year college or a vocational program.     
Deadline: May 1, 2015
JUNE 2015
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 SAMFund
Grants for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer                                        
The SAMFund provides financial assistance to young adults aged 21-39 as they move forward with their lives after cancer.  Grants provided by The SAMFund cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including: current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs.
Phone: 617.938.3484     
Deadline: Application will be available in June 2015
American Cancer Society                                            
The American Cancer Society offers regional scholarships based on your location.  To find out if your local chapter offers one, please contact ACS directly.                             
Phone: 1-800-227-2345 
Disability Scholarships                                
This is a one stop resource for searching for a wide variety of scholarships based on different disabilities.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities    
The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2016.  
The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with a learning disability in the fall of 2016.
Phone: 888- 575-7373                    
Deadline: December 31, 2015

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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