Financial Aid & College Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

College is an exciting time of life filled with new experiences, knowledge, and relationships. Although it is expensive, childhood cancer patients and survivors have several college scholarship and financial aid options.

Many organizations provide scholarships for cancer patients and survivors. In addition, there are financial aid opportunities available for people with certain disabilities.

Some scholarships are available for family members of cancer patients. Be sure to check the application criteria for all scholarships.

Many organizations provide scholarships for cancer patients and survivors. In addition, there are financial aid opportunities available for people with certain disabilities.

Many organizations provide scholarships for cancer patients and survivors. In addition, there are financial aid opportunities available for people with certain disabilities.

Tips for Successful Scholarship Applications

  • Every scholarship is different. Read the application and the organization’s website carefully. Note the application deadline as well as contact information, application requirements, and ability to renew the scholarship each year. Don’t miss an opportunity because of a simple mistake.
  • In general, applicants must provide a letter from a doctor stating the original diagnosis and the age the patient began treatment. Allow the doctor plenty of time to write the letter.
  • Some applications may also request letters of reference from teachers, coaches, or employers. Ask these people in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Every scholarship is different. Read the application and the organization’s website carefully.

Every scholarship is different. Read the application and the organization’s website carefully.

Scholarship Essay Tips

Many scholarship applications require an essay. Some will ask the same types of essay questions. You may be able to tweak an essay written for one scholarship to meet requirements for other applications.

Make sure to have someone knowledgeable about writing and grammar proofread your application and essay.

List of Scholarships for Cancer Patients and Survivors

The organizations that offer these scholarships are often funded by donations and endowments given in honor or in memory of other pediatric and young adult cancer patients.

Scholarship Databases

Scholarship Resources for Students with Physical Disabilities

Scholarships for Vision-Impaired Students

Scholarships for Hearing-Impaired Students

Hydrocephalus

Learning-Disabled

General Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

For general financial aid and scholarships not specifically for cancer survivors, high school guidance counselors are excellent resources.

Make use of the experience of others. Family members and friends who have received financial aid and scholarships can offer advice on where to find scholarships as well as advice on essay writing.

Good, free website for general scholarships:


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Reviewed: February 2020