What types of scholarships do you offer?
We currently offer two types of scholarships. Our General Scholarship Program supports young adult cancer survivors and current patient between the ages 18-35. Our Legacy Scholarship Program is open to young adults ages 18-35 who have lost a parent of guardian to cancer. Applicants for both programs must be enrolled or enrolling in an accredited college, university or vocational institution in pursuit of an associate, bachelor, master’s, doctorate or certificate as of the fall of the application cycle.
How many scholarships are awarded each year?
The number of scholarships we provide depends on the funds raised every year varies by program.
I’m only seventeen but entering college in the fall. Can I still apply?
Yes, if you have not turned eighteen by the time of the application deadline, but are attending a post-secondary educational institute in the fall you are welcome to apply.
I’m going to school in another country, am I still eligible for a scholarship?
Unfortunately at this time, we can only provide scholarships to residents of the United States attending school in the US and Puerto Rico.
I am only taking online classes. Can I apply?
Yes, if you are only taking classes online you are eligible to apply provided that you are enrolled in an accredited institution.
I am a previous winner. Can I apply again?
Yes, previous award winners can apply as long as they continue to meet the criteria. However, they must submit a new application each year.
Who should write my recommendation letters?
Your two reference letters are one of the most important aspects of your application. One letter should be written by a non-family member such as a doctor, employer or guidance counselor. The second letter should be written by a peer, friend or significant other. Recommendations do not need to be overly formal. However, they should come from someone who knows you well and can speak to the lessons they’ve learned from your cancer experience.
Can my references send their letters separately?
Separate recommendation letters will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, you must submit all required forms as a single application packet. Applications missing letters of reference or other documents are automatically disqualified.
Can the registrar send my transcript separately?
Separate transcripts will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, you must submit all required forms as a single application packet. Applications missing transcripts or other documents are automatically disqualified.
I’d like to include extra materials with my application. Will they be considered?
While we love to learn as much about our applicants’ stories as we can, only the required information will be considered as part of the application process.
Is there any advice you can offer on how to submit a successful application?
First, please make sure your application is complete and all instructions are followed. Second, please approach your application as a way to share your story of survivorship to inspire others. We want to hear from YOU in your own words about the impact cancer has had on your life and others. The best essays and recommendations are those that speak from the heart.
When will I be notified of my status?
All applicants will be notified via email the week following the submission deadline once their application process has been received and process. All applicants will be notified of their status within 6 weeks of the close of the application cycle.
Are there any other scholarships or financial programs for young adults that I should consider?
There are several other amazing organizations providing scholarships and financial assistance to young adults impacted by cancer. Please visit our Resources section for a list of recommended organizations and their contact information.
Can I contact NCCF if I still have questions about the application process?
Sure- please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-515-6262 if you need additional help.