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Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship

  • $1,000 scholarship awarded to a college-bound high school senior who is living with a parent who has a life-threatening illness. 
  • Entire application can be submitted online.  For more information, click here.
  • Click here to watch videos of past Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship finalists and winners.

 

 

Athletes Kickin' Cancer
$1,000 scholarship awarded to a senior high school athlete who has a parent who is fighting cancer or has fought the battle of cancer during the past four years and who will be playing the sport for their college.  Priority is given to Alabama residents, but all are eligible to apply.  Coaches must submit nomination to scholarship@athleteskickincancer.com by April 30.  For more information, click here.
 
Dream Hope Believe Foundation
Dream Hope Believe Foundation offers financial assistance to children and young people who have lost a parent to cancer through a variety of grants and scholarships. Grants can cover a wide variety of things, but examples would include daycare services, school costs or tuition, healthcare services, and many other things that a child may require.  For more information, click here.
 
Environmental Research Center Cancer Scholarship Fund
Purpose: These scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of a higher education who have previously or are currently diagnosed with cancer. High school seniors or current college students are eligible for these scholarships.

Award: Scholarships, up to $1,000 each, will be awarded on an ongoing basis to students who qualify.

Eligibility: Any person who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:
  • Qualified applicants must be students who will be, or who already have been, accepted to an accredited two or four year higher education institution.
  • Can provide verification of a diagnosis of cancer.
  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Must currently maintain residency in the State of California.

For more information, click here.

 
George Bartol Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships for children ages 18-23, who have a parent with a brain tumor or who have lost a parent to a brain tumor and are currently attending a 2 or 4 year college full-time.  For more information, click here.
 
Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation
The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation awards annual scholarships to help improve the quality of life for those affected by leukemia or lymphoma.  The focus of the scholarship is on supporting secondary education (undergraduate and graduate studies) for leukemia or lymphoma patients and/or children, siblings, or parents of leukemia or lymphoma patients.  This scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens.  The Foundation will award up to 10 scholarships annually that range between $1,000 and $3,000.  The scholarships are renewable to qualified recipients.  For more information, click here.
 
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 about how the loss affected them emotionally and financially. The essay should indicate whether having (or not having) life, health and other forms of insurance helped stabilize family finances and cover college costs. The grand prize winner of the written essay contents will receive a $5,000 scholarship. There are also $1,000 scholarships for the four first place winners and $500 scholarships for the 14 runners-up. The 5 first prize winners of the video essay will receive $1,000 scholarships. There is also a bonus prize of $4,000. The deadline is April 20. Participants can enter online or call 1-202-465-5000 x106 to request a paper entry form. For more information, write to Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education, 2175 K Street, NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20037 or send email to scholarship@lifefdn.org.  For more information, click here.
 
MaryEllen Locher Foundation
The MaryEllen Locher Foundation is a national fund established by a mother diagnosed with breast cancer who once worried about her own child's education.  The Foundation provides scholarships for secondary education to children who have lost a parent to breast cancer and children of breast cancer survivors.  For more information, click here.
 
Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship
The Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships to help improve the quality of life for those affected by leukemia or lymphoma.  The focus of the scholarship is on supporting secondary education for leukemia or lymphoma patients and/or children of non-surviving leukemia or lymphoma patients.  This scholarship is offered nationwide.  For more information, click here.
 
Miles of Hope (Hudson Valley, NY)
The purpose of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship is to assist graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.  Students must reside within one of the eight New york State counites covered by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster.  Each year, eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded.  For more information, click here.
 
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation sponsors an annual nonrenewable $1,000 scholarship for college students whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who are seeking to continue their higher education while still undergoing treatment. Applicants must be college students between the ages of 18 and 35. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, an essay, recommendations, cancer story, and demonstrating a "Will Win" attitude. The deadline is October 1. For more information, click here or send email to info@collegiatecancer.org.
 
No Wooden Nickels
Provides scholarship assistance to students of cancer families to help offset the expense of continuing an education, acquiring a trade or needed skill, or other academic-related expenses.  For more information, click here.
 
Pink Ribbon Scholarship
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 March 1.  For more information, click here.
 
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awards up to seven scholarships 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 attend 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, send email to ccombs@komen.org, or click here.
 
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Numerous scholarships are available; click here for more information about them.
 
If you have any additional information regarding scholarships for families affected by a parent's life-threatening illness,
please share with us.  Thank you!

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