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Cancer Survivors Fund

Scholarships from the Cancer Survivors' Fund are granted to cancer survivors for their college educations. Recipients are selected by a committee based on applicants' personal hardship and financial need.

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award

The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who are impacted by cancer and seeking higher education. Vera was committed to promoting a love of learning and helped to inspire and empower others to pursue their personal, educational and professional dreams in the face of adversity. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates the courage, determination, motivation and dedication that Vera displayed during her lifetime. ($2,500)

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship

The Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship is awarded to a young adult who has cancer or who has conquered it; or, to a young adult who has selflessly supported a brother, sister, mother , or father who has been diagnosed with cancer. Jill Weaver Starkman was a loving mother of three and an accomplished professional horsewoman and trainer in San Luis Obispo, CA. She died of breast cancer in 2012. Jill’s family will remember that she embodied the spirit of adventure. She also had compassion and skill for communicating with humans and animals alike. ($2,500)

Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship

The Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship applicant must be either a cancer survivor or has supported a family member who has cancer. Financial need must be demonstrated. Must be enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university. Minimum 3.0 GPA, essay, and letter of recommendation required. ($2,500)

Janet Margaret Freeman Scholarship i

The Janet Margaret Freeman Scholarship is established to honor the life of Janet Margaret Freeman who lost her life to Breast Cancer. She bravely and gracefully faced many challenges in her life. The scholarship has been established by her family to support young adults who have faced cancer themselves or have had a parent/guardian or sibling impacted by cancer. Applicants must be pursuing a degree and working towards their career and higher education goals. ($2,500)

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

The John Hanley Memorial Scholarship applicants must have battled cancer or is currently in active treatment and between the ages of 18 and 25. Must reside in or around the following cities: Buffalo, NY, Boulder, CO, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Denver, CO, Kansas City, KS, Knoxville, TN, Missoula, MT, Omaha, NE, Pittsburgh, PA, Rapid City, SD, Salt Lake City, UT, or Spokane, WA. Essay, physician verification form, and letter of recommendation required. ($2,500)

Kimberly Keith Memorial Scholarship

The Kimberly Keith Memorial Scholarship was established to support the financial needs of a local graduating senior whose life has been affected by cancer.  The ideal recipient is hard-working and possesses character traits such as kindness, perseverance, and generosity – traits that Kim displayed during her life. ($2,500)

Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship

The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship is in of an amazing daughter, sister and friend who demonstrated courage and strength during her 11 and a half year battle with a recurrent brain tumor. This scholarship is awarded through the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund to a deserving young adult who is either a cancer survivor or has supported a family member through their cancer experience. ($2,500)

Margaret Grace Freeman Scholarship

The Margaret Grace Freeman Scholarship is established to honor the life of Margaret Grace Freeman who lost her husband, daughter, and daughter-in-law to cancer. She was a source of support and encouragement to others fighting cancer, and the scholarship established by her family in her memory is to be awarded to a young person who has demonstrated significant compassion and support to others, and particularly to young adults, who are fighting cancer. ($2,500)

Patient Advocate Foundation’s Scholarship

Patient Advocate Foundation’s Scholarship for Survivors is a program designed to support young adults whose educational pursuits have been tragically disrupted due to the cost of care centered around their cancer diagnosis or chronic illness.

Olivia M. Marquart Scholarship

The Olivia M. Marquart Scholarship was established in honor of a friend, sister, and daughter who continues to demonstrate strength and courage throughout her battle with Synovial Sarcomas in her lungs. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young adult who is either a cancer survivor or currently undergoing treatment. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a US citizen attending a college or university in the US. Olivia graduated college, before her diagnosis, with a degree in Early Childhood Education and planned to become a teacher. Therefore, the applicant must be pursuing a college degree, masters or Ph.D. in education. The applicant must reside in Pennsylvania. ($2,500)

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