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Academic Scholarships for Survivors

During PAF's daily interactions with patients, PAF staff often interface with patients who either themselves or a loved one has experienced the impact of a chronic illness or life threatening disease on one's post-secondary education. In 2000, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Nancy Davenport-Ennis established the Scholarship for Survivors program to honor these individuals by offering educational scholarships to individuals who have suffered (or are suffering) a life threatening disease or chronic condition. These students have, despite their disease/condition, excelled academically, served the community, and desire to pursue a secondary education.

To date, PAF (along with other gracious funders) has awarded 83 scholarships totaling over $506,000; of which 44 have achieved fully degreed graduation and 12 are still pursuing their course of study.

Donate Directly to the PAF Scholarship for Survivors Fund

On behalf of Patient Advocate Foundation’s Board of Directors and Scholarship Review Committee, we thank you for your interest in our 2018-2019 Scholarship for Survivors program.

The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life threatening debilitating disease within the past five years.

We regret to inform you that the deadline to apply for the scholarship has passed. All applications must be postmarked no later than February 24, 2018. We do encourage all students to apply for the 2018-2019 academic school years. Please visit our website at to download that application located in the “Get Help” section after October 1, 2018.

We also encourage you to utilize another resource available through our organization. Here is a link to a Resource Directory ~, National Financial Resource Directory a financially focused tool helps sort resources for a broad range of needs including scholarship opportunities, housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment, home health care, medical devices, and pharmaceutical agents.

Thank you for your interest in Patient Advocate Foundation’s Scholarship for Survivors Program. We wish you well in all of your future endeavors.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, an applicant must satisfy the below requirements in full:

  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States of America under the age of 25
  • Applicant must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for a chronic, life threatening or life debilitating disease within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Applicant must complete Scholarship for Survivors application in full (Part A-E)
  • Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals (1000 word maximum).
  • Applicant must submit written documentation from a treating physician that outlines applicants' medical history.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). Reference letters must be submitted on business letterhead and include signatory’s contact information within the letter.
  • Applicant must provide an OFFICIAL high school and/or current college transcript (to include school seal); whichever is applicable.
  • Applicant must submit completed financial form (Part E)that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of tax return for the individual claiming student as a dependent.
  • If a tax return was not filed, please provide an official letter of non-fling from the IRS and complete the "Declaration of No Income Form"
For further information, contact Shawn Nason at or (757) 952-1370.

Scholarship Amount and Distribution

  • Selected applicants will receive $3,000 annually up to four consecutive years, as long as they meet the guidelines of the program.
  • The award is payable in equal amounts of $1,500 (per semester/trimester/quarter) directly to the college or university for the purpose of defraying tuition, books and other fee costs.

If selected as a recipient, below are the requirements to maintain the scholarship:

  • Please note that, should you be accepted as a finalist in the PAF Scholarship Program, you will be asked to accept the award by doing the following promptly upon request: Complete Scholarship Acceptance Form; Agree to media release terms and conditions.
  • Provide a personal bio (250 words or less) and self-portrait/headshots (at least 300 dpi) for publication.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must be a full time student.
  • Must sign an agreement to complete 20 hours of community service for the year the scholarship will be dispensed and provide PAF with a confirmation when that service has been completed to include a signature of supervisor.

*Failure to meet any/all of these requirements is a violation of the award and the recipient will be responsible for repayment of the award monies.