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.

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.

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

The amount of scholarships granted each year can vary. In 2021, we granted 117 new scholarships.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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