A Long Time Ago,
I Made a Promise to God…
I made a promise that if I got through my second battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I would do something to make the world a better place for cancer survivors.

Owen Craig Pollard, Founder
Cancer for College

mission & vision

Cancer for College provides need-based college scholarships and educational experiences to cancer survivors.


Cancer for College can always use help with events. Please email info@cancerforcollege.org for details on an upcoming event in your area.


Our application process runs from November 1 through January 31 of each year. If you need help with your application please call 760.599.5096.

Our Board

Cancer for College is proud to have an amazing group of individuals from all walks of life that give their time to help the charity thrive and grow. We are honored that these individuals have made our mission a priority in their busy lives. The Founders of the charity and the entire advisory committee serve in a volunteer capacity.

Executive Board

Craig Pollard

Dan Hughes
Vice President

Rob O’Carroll

Jolene Leonard

Greg Flores

Mark Wernig

Emil Wohl

Advisory Board

Will Ferrell
Celebrity Spokesman

Kevin Dee
Senior Managing Director, Charles Dunn Company

Hardy Ehlers
Associate: Covington & Burling LLP

Dr. Stephen Forman
Director of Hematology and Oncology: City Hope Medical Center

Taylor Haden
Partner, Tippett Moorhead & Haden

Dan Hughes
CEO Coast Environmental

Sara Hyzer
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC

Ashley Kline
Kendis & Co, Friends of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Matt Kline
Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Julie Kelly
Co-Founder Flexource

Steve Leonard
Jersey Mike’s Area Director

Jolene Leonard
Jersey Mike’s Area Director

Martin Lesak
Partner, United Talent Agency

Dr. Robert Lisac
Emory/Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

Andrew McMahon
Dear Jack Foundation

Robert O’Carroll
O’Carroll Investment Management

Tim & Amelia Old
Old Family Scholarship

Stacy Pollard


Larry Simon
CEO Life Firms

Ken Simpson

Johnese Spisso
CEO, UCLA Hospital System

Scott Sproule

Michael Waterbury
Founder & CEO, RemedyOne & Goodroot

Mark Wernig
Principal, Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Management

Foundation History


Cancer for College surpasses $4 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 cancer survivors from around the country.


Cancer for College celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a star studded comedy show in San Diego hosted by Will Ferrell.


Cancer for College grants over $225K in scholarships in one year.


Craig Pollard founds Cancer for College and grants first scholarship of $500.



Cancer for College has set a goal of reaching $10M in our scholarship endowment and we are well on our way. Once we hit our goal of $10M, this would allow us to give a set amount of scholarships each year in perpetuity for as long as support was needed. We are currently just over $8.3 Million. This will allow us to exit the heavy fundraising mode we are in currently and allow us the opportunity to focus more readily on our scholarship recipients needs as they work toward their college degree.