Surviving cancer or simply watching somebody fight for their life is a challenge to anyone. For children, the battle against cancer can leave them feeling weak, fatigued, and fearful. It can also cause them to fall behind academically in some situations.
Still, for those who have survived or continue to fight, or who have witnessed a parent or brother or sister succumb to this devastating disease, their college career can seem to take a backseat to everything else going on around them. That goes for their high school career as well.
Attending college is often a dream of many high school students, especially those who have certain dreams and aspirations with regard to a career in their future.
For cancer survivors, they understand full well about priorities. Having a good life and pursuing the things they want to do with their career is usually a top priority. However, because of the cost associated with fighting cancer, many families may have a difficult time paying for college for their children. For these high school juniors, seniors, or freshmen and other undergraduates, the battle against cancer could have depleted their financial resources completely.
Yes, there are student loans available, there are also a number of scholarships that could help them pay for their college education.
For these brave young men and women, those who are considered cancer survivors, scholarships are available specifically for them. Here is a list of several they might want to consider.
Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship
This particular scholarship is made available through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. This scholarship was established in 2013 to honor a cancer survivor who was killed in Afghanistan while working as a state department diplomat. Anne embodied the spirit of support in the fight against cancer.
She was a vivacious young woman who was determined to make a significant difference in the lives of others. This scholarship award of $2,500 is made available in her honor to a young adult survivor or a young adult who is currently in active treatment or any other young adult who is directly affected by cancer, whether it is through their own diagnosis or that of a parent or sibling.
In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, interested students need to be able to demonstrate similar qualities that Anne possessed.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2016. Interested candidates can learn more about this scholarship here.
Ashley Tamburri Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Frederick County makes this scholarship available each year. The deadline to apply for it is February 15, 2016 and the maximum amount of the award is $4,000. This is a four-year renewable tuition scholarship that is awarded in honor of Ashley Elizabeth Tamburri.
When Ashley had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, she redefined her plans for life. While she lost her battle against this brain tumor at the age of 16, this scholarship is established to carry on her memory and is available to those who have faced in the past or are currently facing cancer.
Interested students can learn more about this particular scholarship and it’s requirements here.
Aubrey B. Mastronianni Scholarship
In the fight against breast cancer, this scholarship was established for college-bound students who have suffered some type of loss due to breast cancer. Interested candidates need to be able show a specific financial need for assistance. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and even though the application deadline is listed as October 15, 2016, interested students are encouraged to contact the administrator at Jennifer@UBCF.info.
To learn more about this particular scholarship, visit the website here.
Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of Cynthia E. Morgan. Cynthia passed away in October 2004 after an all too brief battle against stomach cancer. The goal of this scholarship is to help college students pay for their education. The current amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and the deadline to apply for it is February 25, 2016.
Students interested in this particular scholarship can learn more about it and the requirements by visiting the website here.
Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2009, this scholarship provides up to $2,500 to one award winner. This is designed to help students in Howard County, Maryland pay for college and who have been directly impacted by cancer.
Students who are seeking higher education and have been directly impacted by cancer, either through a diagnosis for themselves or an immediate family member may be eligible to apply for this particular scholarship. This scholarship was established by the Parker family to help carry on the legacy of Doug Parker. It is designed to help carry on the spirit of entrepreneurship and the determination that Doug Parker exhibited throughout his life.
Students interested in learning more about this but the good scholarship are encouraged to visit the website here.
This particular scholarship is made available to students attending the University of Virginia and who have been directly affected by cancer. The scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000 and the deadline can vary.
Students could have been diagnosed with cancer themselves or had an immediate family member who had been diagnosed with it. There are certain GPA requirements that need to be met as students need to be actively enrolled in the University of Virginia in order to be considered for this scholarship.
Those students who are interested in learning more about this scholarship and to apply for it are encouraged to visit the website here.