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Cancer for College Scholarship

Since 1993, Cancer for College (a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation) has provided hope an inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. California applicants and applicants attending Southern California colleges will receive first consideration for perpetual scholarships. Community college applicants are eligible but award may not be greater than the amount needed.  All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards can range from $1000 – $5,000. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment at his/her stated university. Failure to maintain full-time enrollment or transfer from a 4-year university to a community college may result in loss of scholarship funds. Scholarship recipients experiencing health-related issues that force them to leave school may request a one-time extension of their scholarship, not to exceed one school year. Recipients exceeding this time will forgo their scholarship, but may reapply when ready to return to school and will receive first consideration. Questions? Call us at (760) 599-5096 or email

The 2019 Cancer for College scholarship application will now be completed completely online.  Below you will find a list of documents that will be needed to complete the application. The new online application system will be available is now available. Scroll down to learn about the scholarships we offer and to find the links to apply.



1. The first two pages of the 2017 tax return for:
* If you are under 25 and claiming to be independent, you will need to provide your parents returns to show that they do not claim you.

  • Your parents’ 2017 tax return if they file jointly
  • Your parents’ 2017 individual return if they file separately
  • Your personal 2017 tax return if you are independent
  • If you do not file a tax return, you must upload proof of any income such as SSI, W-2, Snap Benefits or other written documentation

2. Letter of Good Standing from the University you are attending

*only applicable if you are in college when you apply

3. Two-years of Academic Transcripts (High School, College or Combination depending on your year in school)

* These can be requested via email you submit through the application or uploaded if you already have copies.

4. Confirmation of Diagnosis Letter (Must be completed on medical letterhead by your oncologist, primary care physician or nurse)

* You can upload a letter you currently have, or request a letter from your doctor directly through the application system.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation from two people outside your family.

* You will send an email through our system to your letter writers and they will write their letter directly into the application program.

6. Total Cost of Attendance (This is a number published by your school or university, This includes tuition, room & board, books, etc.)

​*This is the annual cost to attend.  Not the cost for 4 years of attendance.