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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.
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.
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.