Undergraduate Tuition Assistance

The SAMFund no longer provides scholarships for undergraduate tuition. This resource page lists organizations and programs that do, including those with cancer-specific database search capabilities such as Scholarships.com and FinAid.

Aaron Bonner Foundation
The “Ready When You Are” scholarship helps current cancer patients and cancer survivors attend college in spite of their health setbacks. Awards are available for students enrolled in an accredited university or community college.

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
Provides a list of resources for college scholarships including information on financial aid for students with disabilities.

Beyond the Cure (National Children’s Cancer Society)
The Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation.

Cancer for College
A California based charity, California applicants and applicants attending school in Southern California have first consideration for the largest scholarships.  Also offers other one-time scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.

Cancer Survivors Fund
The Fund awards four levels of scholarships to augment the expenses associated with the college educations of young cancer survivors. A selection committee chooses scholarship recipients based on the applicants’ personal hardships, assessing their financial and emotional needs as well as their academic qualifications. Please visit the site starting February 5, 2015 to apply for the Fall 2015 Semester.

Children’s Cancer Center
The Children’s Cancer Center, with the support of the Panera Bread and the Knead for knowledge Scholarship Program, sponsors advanced education scholarships for Florida students that have had a diagnosis of cancer or chronic blood disease in the Tampa Bay area before the age of 21. Scholarships are for undergraduate degrees from an accredited university, college, community college, vocational technical school or other approved program.

Deana’s Wish Memorial Scholarship
The DLH Foundation offers scholarships up to $1,500 for individuals diagnosed with esophageal or stomach cancer, or individuals who have an immediate family member affected by the disease. Applicants must be US residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and  SAT score of at least 1500 or/an ACT score of at least 21. Preference is given to California residents.

A dedicated page of scholarships available to cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.

Friends of Scott Foundation
Offers a scholarship each year to cancer patients currently in or post-treatment. Provides funding to survivors who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college, or a four-year college or university. Must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school. Please check back for information about their 2015 application.

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Awards eight scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Students must reside within one of the eight New York State counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Ulster.

My Hometown Heroes
Provides a scholarship fund dedicated to help young adult cancer survivors confidently pursue their life dreams. Provides grants, scholarships, community outreach and memorable lifestyle experiences to financially assist and enhance the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. Scholarships of $1,000 are available to those in or post-treatment between the ages of 18-35 who are seeking or receiving higher education. All scholarships are one time awards. Previous awardees are encouraged to apply each year that awards are offered. However, they must submit a new application each year.

Online Schools.org: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Provides a comprehensive listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities including cancer that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides support to individuals, under the age of 25, that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. Must be under 25, currently pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher degree, and be diagnosed within the past 5 years. To date, PAF has awarded 47 scholarships totaling over $350,000; of the 47 students, 35 have achieved fully degreed graduation and 12 are still pursuing their course of study. Awards are payable in equal amounts (per semester/trimester/quarter) directly to the college or university for the purpose of defraying tuition, books and other fee costs.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Survivors must have be diagnosed before age 19 with a primary malignant or non-malignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor. Scholarships are available for graduating seniors and students currently enrolled in college.

Provides a free database of college scholarship information including those specific to cancer patients in active treatment or remission.

The Grace Foundation
The National GRACE Foundation provides free college admissions and financial aid counseling to pediatric cancer patients and survivors. GRACE stands for Growing, Recovering and Achieving a College Education.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
Offers $4,000 scholarships to individuals who have been treated for cancer (not limited to mesothelioma), or those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer.

The Orion Fund
Awards grants to California college students (under 30) with serious illness or injury. Grants generally range from $300 to $3000. Applications are posted in February, due in April, and awards are distributed in May and June each year.

The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund
Provides scholarship assistance to high school seniors who were under active treatment for lymphoma while in high school, resulting in a substantial impact on their education.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Provides annual awards for college students who are battling, or have overcome, cancer and who display financial need. Applicants must have been 15 – 39 during active treatment or 15 – 39 when their parent or sibling was in active treatment.