Providing Need-Based College Scholarships and Educational Experiences
to Cancer Survivors since 1993

Upcoming Events & Campaigns

Chicagoland Holiday Party

December 7 | Chicago

Annual Classy Golf Classic

April 12, 2024 | San Diego

The Cancer for College Story

Cancer for College was founded in 1993 by three-time cancer survivor and double amputee Craig Pollard.  Since inception, the charity has awarded over 1,600 need-based scholarships totaling more than $6 million in awards to high-achieving cancer survivors. This video was produced and directed for the charity by scholarship recipient and current filmmaker Ashley Eakin. This is our story.

The scholarship application period opens on November 1 and runs through January 31.  Applications are scored with scholarship awards announced on and around July 1.

Your gift will go toward our scholarship fund which also includes educational experiences for scholars so that they may thrive through college and beyond!

Help Make A Difference

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.

Our Impact…

Cancer for College provides scholarships and educational experiences to help young cancer survivors thrive through college and beyond. With the support of our staff and board, we have a goal to create a $20 million endowment to support these services in perpetuity.


Scholarships Awarded in 2023


Funds to the Endowment


Total Funds Raised

Our Impact on the Cancer Community

Since inception in 1993, Cancer for College has been providing need based college scholarships. More recently, we have added educational programming to help our scholarship recipients thrive through college and beyond.  This has included professional mentor groups, educational field trips to hospitals, movie studios and even the Disneyland Resort for Leadership & Management Training.  Cancer for College is also exploring alternative education opportunities for scholars too sick to return to a traditional college experience.  We are also looking to help survivors in others ways including reducing medical debt.


Scholarships Awarded Since Inception


Scholar Graduation Rate


Total Scholarships Awarded

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1050 University Ave
Suite E107 #705
San Diego, CA 92103
(760) 599-5096


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