Cancer for College Founder Craig Pollard and his wife Stacy.

A Long Time Ago...
I made a vow to make a difference

It should have been the time
of my life.  I was only 19 years old and lying in a hospital bed battling cancer for the second time in the span of four years. This horrible disease was taking away everything that was important to me. My friends, my baseball career and my college experience all seemed to be slipping away. I was tired and my muscles were weak.  I made a commitment that day that if I got well, I would make a difference.

Eventually, my body healed and the vision of what I needed to do began to take shape.  I visited Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times as a counselor.  It is a special place for seriously ill children and their families.  I immediately noticed that the kids were impressed that I, as a two-time cancer survivor, was able to go to college.

In speaking to the parents, I learned that college was virtually out of the question for most families dealing with this disease.  Cancer takes an incredible toll on family finances. Procedures, treatments and medications are often not covered by insurance and can wipe out a family’s savings in no time.  Big picture plans like college take a back seat to getting well.

During my senior year at the University of Southern California, I wrote a business plan for a non-profit corporation.  I called it Cancer for College and the goal was to raise scholarship dollars to assist cancer survivors in reaching their goal of a college education.

In 1993, we held our first event.  Twenty-four friends and family members got together to play some golf and we held a BBQ in our backyard.  We gave one $500 scholarship and that’s how Cancer for College was born.

Over the years, through generous support and private donations, we have continued to grow.  We now receive thousands of heart-touching stories of perseverance from young cancer survivors who want to share in the college experience.

Last year, Cancer for College staged five fundraising events and awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our mission.  I hope that that we will inspire you to help our amazing young people reach their dreams.

Thanks for your time,

Craig Pollard
Founder – Cancer for College


Cancer fo College Proudly Introduces  2013 Scholarship Recipients
After receiving hundreds of applications around the country, Cancer for College is proud to introduce its 2013 scholarship recipients. 

While every candidate had an inspirational story of survival and we wish we could assist every applicant, the following individuals were selected by the scholarship committee.

All scholarships are contingent on final confirmation of university enrollment and submission of student ID number.

Perpetual Scholarships
Four years at $4,000 per year incoming Freshman

Drake Baker
California State University, Northridge
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Kendra Steinmetz
Survivor Hepatoblastoma

Leticia Ayala
Art Institute of San Francisco
Survivor Leukemia

Alexandra Cunha
Cal State University San Marcos
Survivor Thyroid Cancer

Arianna Grelling
Dear Jack Foundation Scholarship for the Arts
Whittier College
Survivor Leukemia

Karina Nieto
Northwestern Medical School
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Rachel   Hoffman
Kansas State University
Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Morgan  Webster
Georgia Highlands College
Survivor Leukemia

Andrew  Dotzler
Northwestern University Illinois
Survivor of Leukemia and Osteosarcoma

Ian Lock
Northwestern University
Survivor Osteosarcoma

Meghan Rogers
University of New Jersey
Medicine & Dentistry
Survivor Nephroblastoma

Siara Dinnsen
Colorado State University
Survivor Pilocytic Astrocytoma of the spine

Kristen  Schindler
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Isabella  Corcelli
Penn State
Synovial Cell Sarcoma

Kori Quinn
Missouri State University
Survivor Ewings Sarcoma

Graham Cooper - Applied to Tulane University
Survivor Brain Cancer

Richard Suarez
Rowan University
Survivor Leukemia

Justin Doute
Manhattan School of Music
Survivor Leukemia

Megan Miller
Eastern Michigan University
Survivor Pancreatic Cancer

Brian Wally
University of Hartford
Survivor Osteogenic Sarcoma

Nicholas DeHart
George Washington University
Survivor Osteosarcoma

Elizabeth Quigley
Weber State University
Survivor Leukemia

Gerard Ahearn
Farleigh Dickinson University
Survivor Ewings Sarcoma

Julia Thurber
LeTourneau University
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Kevin Bonko
University of Michigan
Survivor Leukemia

Sara Trujillo-Lederer
Bucknell University
Survivor Carcinoid

Megan Gruenberg
Capital University
Survivor Neuroblastoma

Gina Nesbit
Georgia Southern University
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Nanci Fiore-Chettiar
Boston College
Survivor Ewings Sarcoma

Joel Terrill
University of Oklahoma
Survivor Rhabdomyosarcoma

Stephanie White
University of Maryland
Survivor Gastric Cancer

Sydney Sheppard
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Survivor Osteosarcoma

Ann Mackey
The City University of New York
Survivor Fibromyxcid Sarcoma

Jeffrey Driscoll
Sage College
Survivor Ewings Sarcoma

Alexander Cvitan
American University
Survivor Lymphoma

Savannah Downey
Auburn University
Survivor Brain Cancer

Kaely Kwitek
University of Albany
Survivor Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

Christopher Nolze
Ocean County College
Survivor Pineal Germinoma

John Behler
St. John's University
Survivor Testicular Cancer



Jimmy Fowkes
Stanford University
Survivor Medulloblastoma

Samantha Loch
Western Washington University
Survivor Medulloblastoma

David Lopez
Harvard or UCLA
Survivor Lymphoma


Robert Lisac
Multiple Medical Schools
Survivor Leukemia


Harrison Linsky
Oregon State University
Survivor Malignant Diffuse Astrocytoma


Annika Dybevik
CA Lutheran or University
Survivor Ewings Sarcoma

Cody Kangiser
Oregon State University
Survivor Brain Cancer

Hillery Krebs
Portland College
Survivor Pilocytic Astrocytoma/brain stem glioma



Sarah McNeil
Wingate University
Survivor Osteosarcoma

Maggie Brilhart
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Survivor Melanoma

Yevdokiya Koroza
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Survivor Wilms Tumor


Katherine Callaham
Anderson University
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Casey Kukielski
Clemson University
Survivor Testicular Cancer

Michelle Cone - Harvard University
Survivor Osteosarcoma

Joshua Finney
Charlotte School of Law
Survivor Leukemia

Stephanie Lipscomb
University of South Carolina Upstate
Survivor Glioblastoma


Alexander Lasek
North Carolina State University
Survivor Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Gabriel Dunsmith
Vassar College
Survivor Thyroid Cancer

Morrow Toomey
Whitman College
Survivor Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Camille Gross
Colby College
Survivor Thyroid Cancer

Heidi Sermersheim
Southern Wesleyan University
Survivor Breast Cancer

Kenna Holtzclaw
Wingate University
Survivor Leukemia

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