California Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program
What is the Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program?
The American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program is a scholarship program that awards stipends of up to $7500 per academic year for educational expenses to college-bound pediatric cancer survivors in need of financial aid. The scholarships are for tuition-related expenses (fees, books, and supplies) at accredited two- or four-year undergraduate institutions of higher education in California. The Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program helps the Society to reach its goal of improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families by improving the capacity of pediatric cancer survivors to attend college, and lessening the financial burden of college attendance on cancer survivors' families.
Who is eligible to apply for the Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program?
College bound or college enrolled students who are:
- California residents
- cancer survivors diagnosed at 18 years or younger
- age 24 or younger at the time of application
- able to demonstrate financial need
planning to attend or are attending a 2 or 4 year accredited undergraduate institution of higher education in California
What restrictions are there on the use of Young Cancer Survivor Scholarships?
Winners may use the scholarship for enrollment and attendance tuition, fees, books and supplies required for course instruction in accredited undergraduate institutions of higher education located in California. Stipends are determined based upon need and are paid directly to the educational institution.
What is expected of Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship recipients?
Scholarship recipients are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the American Cancer Society Volunteer and Staff Code of Ethics.
Scholarship recipients are required to serve a minimum of 50 volunteer hours with the American Cancer Society. Opportunities for volunteerism include:
- serving as a Society spokesperson
- participation in fundraising/awareness events such as Relay For Life or Daffodil Days
- legislative advocacy
- joining Colleges Against Cancer programs
- many more!
Scholarship recipients may be asked to communicate with American Cancer Society donors.
What criteria are used in evaluating Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship applications?
- Financial need
- Medical hardship
- Determination, motivation and educational goals
- Academic requirements (minimum 2.5 GPA)
- Community Service
In addition to financial need and basic academic requirements, the evaluation panel is interested in the applicant's educational and career plans, life philosophy and volunteerism, motivation, and determination. Applicants are asked to describe these through three short essays.
The application deadline is April 23, 2013. Download the application package here.
Due to limited resources, the American Cancer Society is not able to award scholarships to all young cancer survivors who apply.
For further information, please contact Anna Edgcomb at 800.877.1710 x221 or email@example.com.