Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program

American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc

Please Note The 2009-2010 scholarship application cycle has ended. We will not be accepting any new applications for 2010-2011 due to lack of funding. Should this situation change we will update this web site accordingly.

Good luck in your academic endeavors.

What is the Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program?

The American Cancer Society, California Division's Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program

awards stipends of up to $7500

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.

Why is the Society offering a Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program?

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:

  • cancer survivors diagnosed at 18 years or younger
  • age 25 or younger at the time of application
  • demonstrate financial need
  • California residents
  • planning to attend 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 25 volunteer hours with the American Cancer Society. Opportunities for volunteerism include:

  • serving as a Society spokesperson
  • participation in fundraising and awareness events such as Relay For Life or Daffodil Days
  • legislative advocacy
  • mentoring or providing guidance to ACS Youth Clubs
  • more!

Scholarship recipients may be asked to communicate with American Cancer Society donors and/or program administrators. Scholars are also expected to attend a scholarship awards reception sponsored by the Society's California Division.

What criteria are used in evaluating Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship applications?
  • financial need
  • determination, motivation and educational goals
  • academic requirements (minimum 2.5/4.0 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, motivation, and determination. Applicants are asked to describe these through three short essays.

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 David Saunders at

800.877.1710 x146