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Learning and Living with cancer Advocating for your child's educational needs -Booklet for parents faced with making sure your child with cancer continues with education. Includes discussion about the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504. Includes steps parents can take to contact schools and set up an educational plan for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
Special Education Rights
There have been some scholarships set aside specifically for students who have cancer or who have survived cancer. Hopefully this list will get you started on how and where to apply.
Besides these scholarships you should also check with the college or university where you plan to attend to see if they have any scholarship available in your field of study or as a general fund. Check also with your state and local school councelor for scholarship information.
In general scholarships are awarded for each following year, so you should apply early to be considered.
1. National Collegiate Cancer Foundation - Established to provide financial support to college students whose lives have been impacted by cancer and are seeking to continue their higher education while still undergoing treatment. The $1,000 competitive awards will be judged based on four criteria: financial need, quality of essay and recommendations, displaying a "Will Win" attitude, and overall story of cancer survivorship. Deadline is September 15, 2006.
2. the SAMFund for young adult survivors of cancer -The 2006-7 SAMFund grants and scholarships application is available. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 35 and finished with treatment. Please submit the application in its entirety by Friday, September 29th, 2006. Application PDF file
3. Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation -Offers post-secondary scholarships to current year high school graduates who are survivors of cancer in Colorado, Montana, California, and Arizona. Deadline is March 15, 2007.
4. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults National College Scholarship Program - Offers four different scholarship opportunities. Applications for 2007 available in December, 2006. Deadline is April 1, 2007.
5. Working against Cancer - Gives 2 awards of $500 each to young adult cancer survivors. The Jackie Maas Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an exceptional survivor residing in California. The second is available to one exceptional student survivor living in the US.
6. FinAid Cancer Scholarships - Provides list of scholarships available by location. Please look eligibility requirements over carefully as scholarships are competitive and often require perspective students to live in a certain area of the country.
7. Andre Sobel River of Life - $5,000 cash prize for first- place, as well as second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place prizes presented to young cancer survivors under the age of 21 as of May 31, 2006. Check website for application details and deadlines.
8. the Ryan Mullaly Second Chance fund - Offering scholarship assistance to young people who are fighting cancer. Looking for young people whose high school years were disrupted by cancer and whose ability to qualify for most scholarships was precluded by the extensive absenteeism and physical disabilities which result from chemotherapy and radiation. Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2007 through May 31, 2007.
9. the Patient Advocate Scholarships -Grants ten $3,000.00 scholarships that will be awarded for the 2007-2008 school year. Provides support to individuals, under the age on 20, that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. Deadline: April 16, 2007.
10. The Scott Delgadillo Scholarship Program For individuals diagnosed with childhood cancer. Designed to provide funding to survivors who want to continue their education through technical school, vocational school, junior college, or a four-year college or university. For more information on how to apply send an e-mail Anita Rivera Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Carolyns Compassionate Children - email Carolyn to request a scholarship application: email@example.com
12. Working Against Cancer - Candidates must be a cancer survivor or recently diagnosed with cancer, but do not need to be currently receiving treatment to qualify. WAC hopes to award two scholarships per school year with the deadline for applications in the Fall. firstname.lastname@example.org