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Scholarship for Survivors Program

Offered by Patient Advocate Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 7, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to

$3,000

Grade level

College Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

March 2025

Scholarship Overview

Are you a cancer or other chronic illness survivor who is pursuing a postsecondary education? If so, consider applying for the Scholarship for Survivors Program. The program is open to students who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer or another chronic disease. The program is offered by the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing case management services and financial aid to Americans with chronic, life-threatening, and debilitating illnesses. Thus, every year since 2000, PAF has awarded up to $3,000 to multiple survivors of cancer or other chronic illnesses who are pursuing a postsecondary education. If you are pursuing a college degree and have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer or another chronic disease, we encourage you to apply.

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to students under the age of 25 who have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or another chronic disease within the past five years. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Students

Citizenship

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete a diagnosis verification form in addition to submitting an online application and the below application materials.

1,500-word essay

Proof of enrollment

Academic transcript

Letters of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Patient Advocate Foundation at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Scholarship for Survivors Program is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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