Education Scholarships

Source: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Last updated June 13, 2013


Because we want to be sure that our visitors find the most relevant resources, we’ve listed these organizations in order of relevancy from most specifically relevant to most generally relevant to the topic of this page.

Population served:
Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for every-day needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services


American Cancer Society (ACS)
(800) 227-2345
Population served: Students who are cancer survivors who plan to attend or already attend a two- or four-year college in the United States

ACS offers various education scholarships across the United States with varying eligibility criteria and application procedures.

  • Scholarships are usually offered through state or regional chapters of ACS so it is best to contact ACS’s toll-free number to investigate the specifics of these scholarships


National Collegiate Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
(240) 515-6262
Population served: Young adults in the United States, between the ages of 18-35, whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment

NCCF offers education scholarships that are in the amount of $1,000 per year. Applicants can reapply for more than one year by submitting a new application annually.

  • Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below:
  • A person who is/has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Must be between the ages of 18-35
  • Seeking or receiving higher education


Friends of Scott Foundation (FSF)
(619) 223-7268
Population served: Individuals in the United States ages 17-22, diagnosed with a childhood cancer, currently in treatment or who are survivors

FSF offers an education scholarship program to provide funding to those individuals who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college or a four-year college or university.

  • To obtain more information and to apply for the FSF scholarship, please email, attention Barbara Bailey


Population served:
U.S. students, parents, scholarship providers and educators seeking financial assistance for high school and beyond

FastWeb offers Web-based information and search tools for scholarship assistance for all high school, college and graduate students as well as adults seeking to return to school. Simply register via the website and explore the available information.

  • Offers web-based searching assistance to help match users to scholarships based on individual qualifications
  • Provides information and guidance as students find their college or first job
  • Provides current news on financial aid, scholarships, college, jobs and internships and student life
  • Offers a Discussion Board to post questions and share information


The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS)
(800) 532-6459
Population served: Cancer patients up to age 21 (must have diagnosed before the age of 18) worldwide

NCCS provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.

  • Provides state-specific as well as national scholarships for college


Cancer Survivor’s Fund (CSF)
(281) 437-7142
Population served: U.S. residents who are high school graduates of any age diagnosed with cancer and/or cancer survivors

CSF provides college scholarships to persons diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment for cancer or in remission from cancer.

  • Provides scholarship funds to enable people to start and/or continue their college education
  • Provides counseling and emotional support


Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF)
(800) 747-2820, ext. 111
Population served: Patients, in the United States under the age of 35, who are diagnosed with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and are seeking scholarship assistance for college or graduate school

AA&MDSIF’s mission is to provide information and support to patients, families and caregivers coping with aplastic anemia, MDS, PNH, and related bone marrow failure diseases.
Scholarship Assistance is offered through:

  • The Matthew Debono Scholarship – awards range from $500 – $2,000
  • Applicants are required to have a physician’s letter verifying the diagnosis of aplastic anemia, MDS or PNH. In addition to having a bone marrow failure disease diagnosis, scholarship applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students who are already enrolled in a full or part-time (minimum six credits) undergraduate or graduate course of study
  • Applications are accepted each year in March; annual awards are determined in May/June – further information is found at


I’m Too Young for This
(877) 735-4673
Population served: Young adults, ages 15-39, diagnosed with cancer or cancer survivors worldwide

The mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer by ending isolation, improving quality of life and providing meaningful survivorship.

  • Provides a listing of financial aid and scholarships for cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment


Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
(800) 532-5274
Population served: Patients under the age of 25 in the United States with any diagnosis

PAF offers assistance to patients with specific issues regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of life-threatening or debilitating diseases.

  • Offers ten $3,000 education scholarships to individuals who are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical/life-threatening disease


Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
(800) 310-4053
Population served: High school seniors, in the United States, planning to attend a two/four-year college

RMHC’s mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

  • Provides scholarship opportunities including specific scholarships for students who have Asian/Pacific, African-American/Black Caribbean or Hispanic heritage
  • Offers scholarships to students who will enter two/four-year schools right after high school, are less than 21 years of age and reside within the geographic areas of participating chapters


Surviving and Moving Forward: the SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer (the SAMFund)
Contact: (866) 439-9365
Population served: U.S. residents between the ages of 17 and 35 who have finished cancer treatment

The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships to young adult survivors to help supplement money that was lost during treatment. The grants and scholarships help pay for transitional issues such as education, living, job search and lingering medical expenses.

  • Provides grants for educational development (tuition, books, computers, standardized tests, travel to schools for interviews, study abroad, tutoring)
  • Provides grants for professional development (vocational training, travel to job interviews, professional apparel, resume and interview skill development)


The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund

Population served: Young adults diagnosed with cancer or a recurrence between the ages of 13 and 22 in the United States

The Fund aims to serve patients who have been deprived of the normal high school experience that most teenagers take for granted.

  • Scholarship awards of $1,000 are provided to patients pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a two/four-year college or currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary vocational or trade program, which will culminate in certification (graduate school programs are not eligible)


Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
(888) 393-3863
Population served: Patients (ages 15-35) in the United States who have been diagnosed with cancer

The mission is to enhance lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer. Offers ten $2,500 scholarships annually.

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Dedication to community service
  • Commitment to educational and professional goals
  • Use of their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer
  • Medical hardship and financial need