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Scholarship and Education Information

Originally published on November 13, 2009
Most recently updated on February 14, 2014

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:

 
JANUARY 2014
 
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: RMHC@applyists.com (put RMHC in the subject line)       
Phone: 855-670-4787     
Deadline: January 21, 2014
 

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.
Email: applications@cancerforcollege.org           
Phone: 760-599-5096                     
Deadline: January 31, 2014
 
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.                           
Email: thescf@gmail.com            
Deadline: January 31, 2014
 
FEBRUARY 2014
 
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
 
 
MARCH 2014
 
The Ulman Fund for Young Adults                                          
The Ulman Fund offers a variety of $2,500 scholarship based on different, unique criteria.  See the website for more details.                                                
Deadline: March 1, 2014
 
Angel on My Shoulder
Angel on My Shoulder Scholarship                                         
This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors of Wisconsin who are survivors of cancer or who have an immediate family member (mother, father, or sibling) affected by cancer. Awards are granted based on qualifications and need.                   
Phone: 800-860-3431     
Deadline: March 1, 2014
 
Princeton Area Community Foundation               
Sandra M. Glazier Scholarship Fund                       
One scholarship totaling up to $20,000 is awarded annually to a graduating senior from high school in Ocean or Monmouth County, NJ. The award will be paid out in amounts of up to $5,000 per year for up to four years.                                               
Deadline: March 1, 2014
 
Patient Advocate Foundation
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.   
Email: events@patientadvocate.org      
Phone: 757-952-1370.                   
Deadline: March 14, 2014
 
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: March 15, 2014
 
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: March 15, 2014
 
Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation
Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship                                          
This scholarship is available for current year high school graduates who have had childhood cancer and are residents of Colorado and Montana.               
Email: fmarchello@earthlink.net             
Phone: 303-886-5018     
Deadline: March 15, 2014
 
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 21, 2014
 
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.                      
Email: survivorship@theNCCS.org                          
Deadline: March 31, 2014
 
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.
Email: info@collegiatecancer.org            
Phone: 240-515-6262.   
Deadline: Check back in March for 2014 deadline
 
APRIL
 
Hydrocephalus Association
Scholarship Program                                     
The Association offers nine scholarships annually to young adults with hydrocephalus. The scholarships are $1,000 each.  Check the website for more about each individual scholarship. 
Email: info@hydroassoc.org                      
Deadline: April 2014
 
Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc           
This one-time scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to up to two successful candidates annually. must be a survivor of a pediatric brain or spinal cord tumor who are residents of the state of Georgia and who are entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program at a college, university, vocational school, or other setting and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
 
This one-time scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be awarded to one successful candidate annually must be a survivor of a pediatric brain or spinal cord tumor who received treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and who are entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program at a college, university, vocational school, or other setting and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Phone: 404-252-4107     
Deadline: April 15, 2014
 
MAY
 
Friends of Scott Foundation
The $1000 scholarship for childhood cancer survivors is to advance their education in technical, vocational, junior or a four-year college.     
Email: aztec.graphics@yahoo.com                          
Deadline: May 1, 2014
 
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.     
Email: catherine@makingheadway.org                
Deadline: May 1, 2014
 
JUNE
 
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.                                       
 
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 1, 2014
 
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.
Email: info@thesamfund.org    
Phone: 617.938.3484     
Deadline: Application will be available in June 2014
 
DECEMBER 2014
 
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation   
This is an essay award contest that offers survivors of a catastrophic illness the chance to win a grant of $5,000 for a cherished dream. Applicant must be a childhood survivor of cancer or a catastrophic illness and be between the ages of 12-21.         
Email: info@andreriveroflife.org                             
Deadline: December 13, 2014
 
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 2015.  
 
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 2015.
 
Phone: 888- 575-7373                    
Deadline: December 31, 2014
 
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.           
Email: theorionfund@gmail.com                             
Deadline: Please check back for the 2014 deadline
 
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: Please check the website for the 2014 deadline
 
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
 
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.
               
 
INFORMATIONAL 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
Email: doit@uw.edu
 
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.
Email: info@LDAAmerica.org
 
NCLD connects parents and others with resources, provides educators with evidence-based tools and engages advocates in public policy initiatives.
Phone: 888-575-7373
Email: ncld@ncld.org
 
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 ,..
 
Wrightslaw
Wrights Law offers updated and accurate information of special education laws.
Email: webmaster@wrightslaw.com


 
 

 

 

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