Apply for a Scholarship

During PAF's daily interactions with patients, PAF staff often interact with patients and families who have experienced the impact of cancer or a chronic illness on 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 students who have suffered (or are suffering) from cancer or a chronic illness. These students have, despite their diagnosis, excelled academically, served the community, and desire to pursue a secondary education.

Scholarship Impact

To date, PAF (along with other gracious funders) has awarded 113 scholarships totaling over $640,000, of which 50 have achieved fully degreed graduation and 25 are still pursuing their course of study.

The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for a cancer or chronic disease (please see scholarship guidelines for eligibility details). 

Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Term

The application deadline date: February 19, 2020 

Scholarship for Survivors is a program designed to support young adults whose educational pursuits have been tragically disrupted due to the cost of care centered around their cancer diagnosis or chronic illness. 

The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide academic support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer or chronic illness.

On behalf of Patient Advocate Foundation’s Board of Directors and Scholarship Review Committee, we thank you for your interest in our 2020-2021 Scholarship for Survivors program.  

National Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements:

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

  • Applicant must be under the age of 25.
  • Must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past five years.
  • Must be pursuing an Associate degree or higher.
  • Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their lives and future goals. (1500-word maximum)
  • Applicant must submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college or university the applicant is planning to attend. If you are unsure of where you are going and have received multiple acceptance letters, please include all of them.
  • Applicants treating physician must complete Diagnosis Verification Form.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). Recommendation letters must include their name, address and phone number within the letter.
  • Applicant must provide a high school or current college transcript; whichever is applicable. (Official transcript is required if selected)
  • Applicant must submit completed financial form that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of the tax return for the individual claiming the student as a dependent. If a tax return was not filed, please provide an official letter of non-filing from the IRS and complete the Declaration of No Income Form.

 

To apply to PAF’s Scholarship for Survivors Undergraduate Scholarship, student must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past five (5) years

Diagnosis is considered active and eligible to apply if the patient is currently and actively being treated and managed for cancer/chronic illness

Scenarios demonstrating active cancer treatment/ chronic illness status include:

  • Current chemotherapy, radiation, or anti-neoplasm drug therapy
  • Current drug therapy being administered as treatment for chronic illness
  • Current pathology revealing cancer/ chronic illness
  • A newly diagnosed patient awaiting treatment
  • Affirmation of current disease management

The cancerous organ has been removed or partially removed and the patient is still receiving ongoing treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation.
The patient is currently on adjuvant therapy for prophylactic purposes.

Diagnosis is considered historical and not eligible to apply if:

  • The cancer/chronic illness was successfully treated, and the patient is no longer receiving active treatment.
  • The cancer/chronic illness was excised or eradicated and there’s no evidence of recurrence and further treatment isn’t needed.
  • The patient had cancer/chronic illness and is coming back for surveillance of recurrence (Annual check-ups)

 

Scholarship Amount and Distribution:

  • PAF's Scholarship for Survivor Undergraduate scholars are eligible to receive a scholarship of $3,000 per school year ($1,500 per semester: Fall/Spring) for four consecutive years until the student receives a maximum of $12,000 or graduates with a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • The award is paid directly to the college or university for defraying tuition, books, and other fee costs.

 

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

    • 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 2.75 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.  Prior to beginning the application process, please make sure you have all pertinent documents and information for uploading and completing the application.  The system will not allow for advancing if a field is skipped.  

Virginia Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements: 

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

  • Applicant must be a resident of Virginia to qualify (Proof of residency is required, if selected)
  • Applicant must be under the age of 25.
  • Must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past five years.
  • Must be pursuing an Associate degree or higher.
  • Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their lives and future goals. (1500-word maximum)
  • Applicant must submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college or university the applicant is planning to attend. If you are unsure of where you are going and have received multiple acceptance letters, please include all of them.
  • Applicants treating physician must complete Diagnosis Verification Form.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). Recommendation letters must include their name, address and phone number within the letter.
  • Applicant must provide a high school or current college transcript; whichever is applicable. (Official transcript is required if selected)
  • Applicant must submit completed financial form that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of the tax return for the individual claiming the student as a dependent. If a tax return was not filed, please provide an official letter of non-filing from the IRS and complete the Declaration of No Income Form.

 

To apply to PAF’s Scholarship for Survivors Undergraduate Scholarship, student must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past five (5) years

Diagnosis is considered active and eligible to apply if the patient is currently and actively being treated and managed for cancer/chronic illness

Scenarios demonstrating active cancer treatment/ chronic illness status include:

  • Current chemotherapy, radiation, or anti-neoplasm drug therapy
  • Current drug therapy being administered as treatment for chronic illness
  • Current pathology revealing cancer/ chronic illness
  • A newly diagnosed patient awaiting treatment
  • Affirmation of current disease management

The cancerous organ has been removed or partially removed and the patient is still receiving ongoing treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation.
The patient is currently on adjuvant therapy for prophylactic purposes.

Diagnosis is considered historical and not eligible to apply if:

  • The cancer/chronic illness was successfully treated, and the patient is no longer receiving active treatment.
  • The cancer/chronic illness was excised or eradicated and there’s no evidence of recurrence and further treatment isn’t needed.
  • The patient had cancer/chronic illness and is coming back for surveillance of recurrence (Annual check-ups)

 

Scholarship Amount and Distribution:

  • PAF’s Scholarship for Survivor Undergraduate scholars are eligible to receive a scholarship of $3,000 per school year ($1500 per semester: Fall/Spring) for four consecutive years until the student receives a maximum of $12,000 or graduates with a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
  • The award is paid directly to the college or university for defraying tuition, books, and other fee costs.

 

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

    • 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
    • Record at least (1) 30 second- 1 minute “Thank You” video for our donors.
    • Must maintain a cumulative 2.75 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. Prior to beginning the application process, please make sure you have all pertinent documents and information for uploading and completing the application.  The system will not allow for advancing if a field is skipped. 

Graduate Eligibility Requirements:

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

  • Applicant must be under the age of 35.
  • Must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past ten years.
  • Must have completed a bachelor's degree and will be enrolled in a Master’s degree program or higher in fall of 2020.
  • Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their lives and future goals. (1500-word maximum)
  • Applicant must submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college or university the applicant is planning to attend. If you are unsure of where you are going and have received multiple acceptance letters, please include all of them.
  • Applicants treating physician must complete Diagnosis Verification Form.
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from non-related persons (examples: teachers, coaches, community leaders). The recommendation must include their name, address and phone number within the letter.
  • Applicant must provide a college transcript. (Official transcript is required if selected)
  • Applicant must submit a completed financial form (Part F) that will demonstrate financial need and include a copy of the first two pages of the tax return. If a tax return was not filed, please provide an official letter of non-filing from the IRS and complete the Declaration of No Income Form.

 

To apply to PAF’s Scholarship for Survivors Undergraduate Scholarship, student must have been diagnosed with and/or been actively treated for cancer or a chronic illness within the past ten (10) years

Diagnosis is considered active and eligible to apply if the patient is currently and actively being treated and managed for cancer/chronic illness

Scenarios demonstrating active cancer treatment/ chronic illness status include:

  • Current chemotherapy, radiation, or anti-neoplasm drug therapy
  • Current drug therapy being administered as treatment for chronic illness
  • Current pathology revealing cancer/ chronic illness
  • A newly diagnosed patient awaiting treatment
  • Affirmation of current disease management

The cancerous organ has been removed or partially removed and the patient is still receiving ongoing treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation.
The patient is currently on adjuvant therapy for prophylactic purposes.

Diagnosis is considered historical and not eligible to apply if:

  • The cancer/chronic illness was successfully treated, and the patient is no longer receiving active treatment.
  • The cancer/chronic illness was excised or eradicated and there’s no evidence of recurrence and further treatment isn’t needed.
  • The patient had cancer/chronic illness and is coming back for surveillance of recurrence (Annual check-ups)

 

Scholarship Amount and Distribution:

Prior to beginning the application process, please make sure you have all pertinent documents and information for uploading and completing the application.  The system will not allow for advancing if a field is skipped. 

2019-2020 Scholarship Award Recipients

Returning Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Alumni - Where Are They Now?