Cancer Survivor Scholarships
On the first day of my chemo treatment, I made a comment to Nurse Kim about the need for scholarships for teens who survived cancer. I figured that little kids with cancer get to go to Disney World for free, the least someone could do for older teens was to help send them to college. Well, Kim started her research and found the American Cancer Society’s “Young Survivor Scholarship.” I applied and was awarded funds each semester for my undergraduate degree.
I’ve been forever thankful to Nurse Kim, as well as ACS, for providing me a scholarship to go to school and live a full life post-treatment. It’s been almost 10 years (I know, I can hardly believe it too…) and I’m excited to see other non-profits and groups catching on to what ACS helped provide for me as a young survivor. There are many additional programs out there these days for assistance with tuition for cancer survivors.
I’m not sure if I have many teen survivors who check out my blog, or those who’ve survived cancer hoping to go to school, but if you know of any, I’d encourage you to pass this info along. Many of the deadlines have passed for this year, but keep it in mind for the next if you’ve got a sophomore or junior on your hands! (Thanks to the SAMFund for notifying me!) I’m sure there are many others too, here are just a few that I’ve learned of recently….
The Kyle Lee Foundation provides financial assistance to college students who have survived cancer, especially Ewing’s sarcoma.
The Ryan Mulally Second Chance Fund awards $1,000 scholarships to individuals 22 years of age and younger. Priority is given to students still undergoing treatment, those with permanent effects from treatments and those at the beginning of their post-high school education.
Working Against Cancer’s Survival Scholarship Program assists young adult cancer survivors (ages 30 years and under) by providing awards toward academic and vocational education.
American Cancer Society’s Young Survivor’s Scholarship. Google it for specifics regarding your state!