College Scholarships

The Scholarship page assists cancer survivors and children of a deceased parent to find scholarship help for funding a college education. Below are links to websites that offer opportunities for financial assistance.

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Students who are affected by cancer often face severe financial and emotional stress. Cancer treatment can be toxic, causing interruptions in the student’s education and other activities. Life insurance and disability insurance may be unavailable, or an order of magnitude more expensive. Some employers will (illegally) refuse to hire a cancer survivor because of concerns about higher health insurance costs.

Students can be affected by cancer in many ways, including:

  • The student is a cancer patient or survivor
  • The student’s sibling or spouse, if applicable, is a cancer patient or survivor
  • The student’s parent is a cancer patient or survivor
  • The student’s parent died of cancer

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If you have a deceased parent, finding a scholarship can be an important step in affording an education. Many organizations recognize that your loss may negatively impact your ability to afford college, and there are scholarships that can help.

When it comes to being eligible for a scholarship, the specifics are important. You may be able to find scholarships by searching for organizations related to your parent’s cause of death. You may also be eligible for need-based scholarships.

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Families who are faced with cancer undergo severe physical, psychological and financial strain. Students who are fighting cancer must often interrupt their education and cannot work to save money for college or participate in extracurricular activities.

Students who are first diagnosed with cancer while in college should talk with the dean of students and the director of student financial aid at their school. Many colleges and universities have contingency funds to provide additional assistance to students who are suddenly faced with a serious illness. Furthermore, there are many groups and organizations who have developed grant and scholarship opportunities to help students currently battling or who have battled cancer as well as students whose family members have been affected by cancer.