Without a doubt, this is our favorite time of the year at Cancer for College, announcing our new scholarship recipients! After several months of carefully evaluating 501 applications, it’s always a thrill to share the news with a college-bound cancer survivor that they are a receiving a scholarship to help fund their goal of achieving a college degree.
Cancer for College began with a vision 20 years ago of making a difference in the lives of young cancer survivors. In our first year, we raised $500 and gave it all away with one scholarship. (Click here for more on the CFC story.) Now, we grant a variety of scholarships to students nationwide. This year we award $186,000 in scholarships to 85 candidates across the country — 4 new perpetual scholarships, 16 Carolina Scholarships, 11 Pacific Northwest Scholarships, 2 Dear Jack Music Scholars, 42 one-time scholars, 10 ongoing perpetual scholarships — who will attend college in the 2014-2015 year. We feel so fortunate and honored to be able to continue to do the work we do. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all who lend their generosity, time and talent to our mission.
Please click here for the complete list of our 2014-15 scholarship recipients — we’re so proud of you all! Pictured left is 2011 perpetual scholarship winner Sarah Beth Comfort, who graduated in May (in just three years!) Magna Cum Laude from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Way to go Sarah Beth!
Perpetual Scholarships: Perpetual scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen from California or attending college in California. Students receive $4,000 a year for four years, making their total scholarship award $16,000. This year, we named six new perpetual scholarships and award $60,000 in new and on-going perpetual scholarships.
One Time Scholarships: This year, these awards range in dollar amounts from $1,000 to $4,000 to students across the country on a one-time basis. Past recipients are welcome to re-apply in subsequent years if desired. $112,000 awarded to 69 cancer survivors this year.
Specialty Scholarships: The Founder’s Award scholarship was granted to Michael Spada of Las Vegas, NV. The award is given by our charity founder to an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the charity. The Dear Jack scholarship recognizes college survivors with a particular interest in music. Our foundation has been fortunate to work with musician Andrew McMahon, a southern California native and survivor himself of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. One perpetual scholarship as well as a one-time $4,000 scholarship were awarded through Dear Jack’s generosity.
For the past several years, Cancer for College has awarded scholarships to students in specific regions, thanks to targeted fundraising efforts in those areas. Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis in dollar amounts ranging this year from $1,000 to $4,000 to survivors from or attending school in the states listed. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event in your region, please contact our office.
Pacific Northwest regional scholarships are awarded to students from or attending school in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. $15,000 awarded this year through 10 scholarships. Our PNW fundraiser, “Approximately 90 Minutes with Will Ferrell and Some Other People” is fast approaching on September 19. Please click here for more details.
Carolinas regional scholarships are awarded to students from or attending school in North or South Carolina. This year, in addition to 14 one-time scholarships, we were very excited to award our first perpetual scholarship, for a total dollar amount of $34,000 awarded in this region.
Truly, every story that we read is inspirational, making the selection process very difficult. Congratulations to the 2014-2014 Cancer for College scholarship recipients. We wish you good health and every success in school. Please keep in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter — we love to hear what you all are up to!
Applications for the 2015-16 school year will be available at cancerforcollege.org in the fall.