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Cost and Financial Aid

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, an applicant must satisfy the below requirements in full:

  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States of America under the age of 25
  • Applicant must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a chronic, life threatening or life debilitating disease within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Applicant must complete Scholarship for Survivors application in full (Part A-E)
  • Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals (1000 word maximum).
  • Applicant must submit written documentation from a treating physician that outlines applicants’ medical history.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). Reference letters must be submitted on business letterhead and include signatory’s contact information within the letter.
  • Applicant must provide an OFFICIAL high school and/or current college transcript (to include school seal); whichever is applicable.
  • Applicant must submit completed financial form (Part E)that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of tax return for the individual claiming student as a dependent.
  • If a tax return was not filed, please provide an official letter of non-fling from the IRS and complete the “Declaration of No Income Form”

For further information, contact Shawn Nason at or (757) 952-1370.

Scholarship Amount and Distribution

  • Selected applicants will receive $3,000 annually up to four consecutive years, as long as they meet the guidelines of the program.
  • The award is payable in equal amounts of $1,500 (per semester/trimester/quarter) directly to the college or university for the purpose of defraying tuition, books and other fee costs.

If selected as a recipient, below are the requirements to maintain the scholarship:

  • Please note that, should you be accepted as a finalist in the PAF Scholarship Program, you will be asked to accept the award by doing the following promptly upon request: Complete Scholarship Acceptance Form; Agree to media release terms and conditions.
  • Provide a personal bio (250 words or less) and self-portrait/headshots (at least 300 dpi) for publication.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must be a full time student.
  • Must sign an agreement to complete 20 hours of community service for the year the scholarship will be dispensed and provide PAF with a confirmation when that service has been completed to include a signature of supervisor.

*Failure to meet any/all of these requirements is a violation of the award and the recipient will be responsible for repayment of the award monies.