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Scholarship Application Information

Scholarship application period is November 1 – January 31 each year. Scholarships will be announced on or before July 1

Since 1993, Cancer for College, a registered 501(c)3 charitable foundation, has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible but award may not be greater than the amount needed. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards are typically $5,000 each. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment at his/her stated university. Failure to maintain full-time enrollment or transfer from a 4-year university to a community college may result in loss of scholarship funds. Scholarship recipients experiencing health-related issues that force them to leave school may request a one-time extension of their scholarship, not to exceed one school year. Recipients exceeding this time will forgo their scholarship, but may reapply when ready to return to school.

The 2019 Cancer for College scholarship application is completed completely online.  Below you will find a list of documents needed to complete the application. Scroll down to learn about the scholarships we offer and to find the links to apply.

Please read the directions closely as you go through the application.
Items you will need to know or have available for upload:

  • 1. The first two pages of the appropriate 2018 tax return

    If you are under 25 and claiming to be independent, you will need to provide your parents returns to show that they do not claim you.

    • Your parents’ 2018 tax return (jointly or individually based on filing status) if you are claimed as a dependent.
    • Your personal 2018 tax return if you are independent.
    • If you do not file a tax return, you must upload proof of any income such as SSI, W-2, Snap Benefits or other written documentation.
  • 2. Letter of Good Standing from the University you are attending

    *only applicable if you are in college when you apply

  • 3. Two-years of Academic Transcripts

    (High School, College or Combination depending on your year in school)
    * These can either be requested via email that is submitted through the application or personally uploaded if you already have copies.

  • 4. Confirmation of Diagnosis Letter

    (Must be completed on medical letterhead by your oncologist, primary care physician or nurse)
    * This can either be requested via email that is submitted through the application or personally uploaded if you already have a copy.

  • 5. A Letter of Recommendation from one people OUTSIDE your family.

    * These can either be requested via email that is submitted through the application or personally uploaded if you already have copies.

  • 6. Total Annual Cost of Attendance

    (This is a number published by your college or university, This includes tuition, room & board, books, etc.)
    ​*This is the annual cost to attend.  Not the cost for 4 years of attendance.

ROBERT LISAC
University of Central Florida
Graduate/Doctor of Medicine
Survivor/Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

General Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • You must personally have been diagnosed with cancer.
  • You are either attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university, located in the US.
  • You are enrolled/planning to enroll in a degree-earning program, not a certificate-earning program.
  • You will attend school as a full time student as an undergraduate student or at least part time as a graduate student.
  • Adjusted gross income for the applicant (or their parent/guardian, if they are dependent) for the most recent tax year must be no more than $150,000.
What is Cancer for College?
Are you a true charity?
What is your Mission?
How many scholarships do you provide?
When Can I Apply?
Who can apply?

What is Cancer for College?

Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by Craig Pollard as a senior project while at the USC Business School. Craig was a two-time cancer survivor and witnessed first-hand the financial impact cancer can have on a family and the hope a college education can provide to a survivor.

Are you a true charity?

Yes, Cancer for College is a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation tax id 93-1144756 and you can see our listing on GuideStar by clicking here.

What is your Mission?

Cancer for College provides hope and inspiration by granting need-based scholarships and educational experiences to high achieving cancer survivors.

How many scholarships do you provide?

The amount of scholarships granted each year can vary. In 2018, we granted 96 new scholarships.

When Can I Apply?

The application period opens on November 1 and closes on January 31 each year.  The application requires some detailed information that you can find here. If you need further assistance with your application or have questions not covered there, please call our office at 760-599-5096.

Who can apply?

Any cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college. Students attending a community college and graduate school are also eligible for scholarship.

I’m going to school in another country, am I still eligible for a scholarship from Cancer for College?
How did Will Ferrell get involved?
Can I meet Will?
How can I help?
I don’t have any money, but I’d like to donate my time…

I’m going to school in another country, am I still eligible for a scholarship from Cancer for College?

At this time, we can only provide scholarships to residents of the United States attending school in the states or Puerto Rico.

How did Will Ferrell get involved?

Will and Craig have been friends since their days in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at USC. Will has been a long-time supporter of the charity since its earliest days. As his fame has grown, he’s become increasingly generous with time and contributions to the cause. Will serves as the celebrity host to a number of Cancer for College fund raising events.

Can I meet Will?

You never know. Your best chance is to come to one of the events he hosts. Check the events tab to see what upcoming events we have where Will is doing his thing. Attendees might have the chance to meet him, shake his hand, get an autograph, tell him a lame story and even take a picture. Sign up to attend our events and it is very likely you will cross paths with him.

How can I help?

Donations can be made through our website and we always accept items of value to use as auction prizes at our fundraising events.  Click here to make a donation.

I don’t have any money, but I’d like to donate my time…

We can always use extra bodies at our events. Contact our office at 760-599-5096 to offer your services.

Questions About Scholarship Applications?

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