College Scholarships

By: Eileen Coan

There is a national organization called Affordable Colleges Online, that has created a link specific to college students who have cancer or are survivors of childhood cancer. Click Here for their links.

The Audrey B. Mastroianni College Scholarship, through the United Breast Cancer, to help students who have suffered a loss of a parent or guardian due to breast cancer click here for application

Jeremy Cares: college scholarships for survivors of childhood cancer and their siblings www.jeremycares.org 440 933 9146, PO Box 84, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

MaryEllen Locher Foundation (United States, Breast Cancer)
The MaryEllen Locher Foundation scholarships (formerly Children of Breast Cancer Scholarships) are awarded to students who lost a parent to breast cancer and to children of breast cancer survivors. The scholarship amount is at least $1,000. The deadline is January 15. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation, write to Children of Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4032, Chattanooga, TN 37405.

The Barbara Palo Foster Memorial Scholarship (United States, Nursing)
The Barbara Palo Foster Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or training program (including graduate and professional schools). Applicants must be seeking a college degree in nursing. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in patient education, medically underserved communities and/or women's health issues. Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The deadline is in May 1. Send email toscholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (United States)
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awards fivescholarships of up to $10,000 per year to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are 25 years old or younger and who have lost a parent to breast cancer. Candidates who are already in college must have a college GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must plan to atten a state college or university in the state where they reside. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline is in mid-November. (The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation also funds doctoral dissertation awards, postdoctoral fellowships and grants for cancer research.) For more information, write to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Attn: Grants Dept. -- College Scholarship, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite #250, Dallas, TX 75244, call 1-972-855-1616, or send email to ccombs@komen.org.

LIFE Lessons Essay Contest for Students
The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education is sponsoring a scholarship for college-bound high school seniors and current college students, ages 17-24, who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian. Candidates must submit a written essay of up to 500 words or a short three-minute video essay discussing how the death of their parent or guardian affected their life financially and emotionally. Students must explain how the lack of adequate life insurance coverage (or no coverage at all) impacted their family's financial situation. There will be two grand prize winner recipients receiving each $10,000 scholarship funds. LIFE will provide 59 scholarships totaling $110,000. Typically, applications are solicited during the February to March time frame and scholarship recipient are notified in the early part of July. For additional information, visit the web site at www.life-line.org/scholarship or send email to scholarship@lifehappens.org.

Pink Ribbon Scholarship (United States, Breast Cancer)
Pink Ribbon Scholarships are awarded annually to a graduating high school senior whose mother or father is a breast cancer survivor or died from breast cancer. The application deadline is February 1. The scholarships are funded through pink ribbon awareness products sold on the pinkribbon.com web site.

PinkRose Foundation (United States, Breast Cancer)
The PinkRose Foundation Inc. provides $1,000 scholarships for college students who have lost a parent or legal guardian to breast cancer. The scholarships help the children embark on personal growth and start to overcome the grief caused by breast cancer. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25. US citizenship or permanent residency is required, as is a high school diploma or equivalent. The deadline is August 31. Scholarship applications can be obtained fromwww.pinkrose.org/scholarship.html. For more information, write to The PinkRose Foundation Inc., PO Box 4025, Dedham, MA 02027, call 1-781-710-6268, or send email to info@pinkrose.org.

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship (United States)
The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship provides a $2,500 scholarship to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. The parent or guardian must have been diagnosed while the applicant was between the ages of 15 and 35. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or vocational program (including graduate and professional schools). Recipients are required to complete 25 hours of community service. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer. The applicant must have been diagnosed with cancer since reaching age 15. The deadline is in May 1. Send email toscholarship@ulmanfund.org to request an application. This scholarship is one of several cancer scholarships offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.