Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

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Outlining the various scholarships and bursaries available to cancer survivors and their family members.

Fighting cancer at a young age often means missing time at school. This can put those students at a huge disadvantage compared to their peers when it comes to getting into post-secondary. It can also put a financial strain on families, making paying for higher education a difficult option.

But there are solutions. Here are the scholarships, bursaries, and awards you need to know about. Additionally, if you know someone who could use these, make sure to let them know.

Northern Ontario Families of Children With Cancer’s Vale Shine Bright Bursaries

Value: $1,000

Link: http://nofcc.ca/programs-services/

The NOFCC helps families with their immediate needs, such as alleviating both the emotional and financial stress of dealing with cancer on a daily basis. With bursaries available for childhood cancer survivors, their siblings, and siblings of children who have succumbed to cancer, there is financial assistance available to help pay for post-secondary education.

Childcan’s Post-Secondary Bursary Awards

Value: $1,000

Link: https://childcan.com/our-programs/#bursary

Supporting children and families through childhood cancer, Childcan offers a number of $1,000 bursaries every year to childhood cancer survivors who are attending post-secondary school.

Childhood Cancer Canada Survivor Scholarship

Value: $1,500

Link: https://www.childhoodcancer.ca/Programs

Additionally, to create victories for Canadian children with cancer, Childhood Cancer Canada supports the academic aspirations of young adult cancer survivors with their Survivor scholarship. Recognizing their personal triumphs, the Childhood Cancer Canada Survivor Scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award towards any undergraduate program of study.

The Emmy Duff Scholarship 

Value: $2,000

Link: https://www.emmyduffscholarship.org/details–requirements.html

Recognizing volunteer commitments, post-secondary academic endeavours, and personal achievements, the Emmy Duff Scholarship awards exemplary Canadian students, who have had treatment (or are currently being treated) for cancer, in any program or year of study.

The Pink Pearl Canada Scholarship (Women Only)

Value: $1,000

Link: https://pinkpearlcanada.org/scholarship/

Facing cancer makes time spent as a student even more difficult. With stressors like money and exams to deal with, Pink Pearl wants to help with a $1,000 scholarship to a Canadian woman who’s involved in her community, is/will be attending a post-secondary institution, and was diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18 and 40.

Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship

Value: Varies depending on the recipient

Link: https://www.kidscancercare.ab.ca/our-programs/scholarships

Designed to level the playing field for survivors of childhood cancer, the Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award available to childhood cancer patients and survivors, for use in post-secondary studies, based on the quality of application and level of financial need.


Hopefully one of these scholarships can help you out. If you need tips on putting together the best application possible. Or you’re looking for more scholarships, check out all the content we have available for you at https://blog.studentawards.com/.