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College Scholarships, Medical Debt Relief, and Educational Experiences for Cancer Survivors

Welcome to Cancer for College, a beacon of hope and support for cancer survivors pursuing their dreams of higher education since 1993. In a world where over 15,000 children face a cancer diagnosis each year, and where 1 in 5 of them are already grappling with the challenges of poverty, our mission becomes more critical than ever.

We understand the staggering financial burdens that accompany a cancer diagnosis – from the exorbitant medical costs to the indirect expenses for travel, meals, accommodation, and childcare during treatment.

We stand as a pillar of support for cancer survivors nationwide. To date, our organization has provided high achieving cancer survivors with:

  • More than 1,700 scholarships totaling $7 million
  • Medical debt relief
  • Life-changing experiences
  • Educational workshops
  • Mentorship groups
  • Networking opportunities

It is our mission to empower these cancer survivors on their journeys to recovery and success.

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Why Choose Cancer for College

About Us

Inspiring Dreams and Transforming Lives

The Bright Futures Campaign is a visionary initiative poised to secure the future for our organization and the cancer survivors we champion. At the heart of the campaign are four dynamic pillars designed to enhance our impact. Explore the details below and see how you can contribute. Together, we can create a brighter future!

Increased Scholarships

Increasing scholarship funds from $1 million to $1.5 million annually ensures more cancer survivors can access the financial support needed for higher education.

Expanded Medical Debt Relief

The Bright Futures Campaign expands our program to alleviate the staggering medical debt burden on cancer-stricken families, providing further relief and support for healing.

Enhanced Educational Programming

With increased educational support opportunities, including workshops and mentorship programs, we empower our scholars to succeed academically and beyond.

Creation of CFC Headquarters

We plan to build a corporate headquarters, providing a home base for the CFC family and staff, as well as the opportunity to host future events.

Scholarship Programs

Explore our diverse range of special scholarships designed to support cancer survivors in pursuing higher education. Our single application determines eligibility for multiple opportunities.

Medical Debt Relief

Partnering with Goodroot’s Emry Health, we assist CFC scholars and young survivors in addressing medical debt, aiming to eliminate barriers to recovery.

Inspire Project

Monthly meet-ups, virtual mentorship groups, field trips, and one-on-one mentoring provide scholars with diverse educational experiences, professional insights, and networking opportunities.

Luminaries Partnership

Our collaboration with Luminaries delivers wellness kits and support to scholars, addressing life’s complexities beyond finances. Generously funded by an anonymous supporter for our 2023 Scholars.

Donate to the Cause

Sure, we love big donations.
But we love small, thoughtful ones, too.
Every dollar puts deserving cancer survivors closer to realizing their dreams.


Apply for a Scholarship

A fast and easy process.
Because you’ve been through enough challenges. Share your story, make your case and we’ll do our best to help.


Volunteer Your Time

It takes more than money.
So we’re always looking for enthusiastic, caring volunteers to help with events, planning & behind the scenes work.