Each $5000 in grant aid increases the probability of graduation by over 8.5%. So the average four-year CFC perpetual recipient can be nearly 40% more likely to graduate than that same student with no scholarship!
​(S. Alon, “The influence of financial aid in leveling group differences in graduating from elite institutions,”Economics of Education Review, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 296–311, 2007.)


In 2009, pediatric cancer hospitalization cost in the United States averaged $40,400 - nearly five times higher than hospitalization for any other pediatric condition ($8,100). The greatest costs were for leukemia ($55,700) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma ($46,900)

(Journal of Oncology Practice, 2014).

Roughly two-thirds (65%) of cancer survivors — most of whom had health insurance — did not have enough household income to cover treatment-related expenses. In an attempt to pay for these costs, more than half dipped into their personal savings or investments, 46% paid with credit cards and 15% borrowed from their 401(k) accounts or family and friends.

“Despite insurance, 1 in 3 cancer survivors incur $10,000+ debt”
Washington Institute for Wellness 


According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Average of $33,000 owed upon graduating for the class of 2014
(Wall Street Journal, 2014).


Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workers with only a high school education are twice as likely to be unemployed as those with at least a bachelor’s degree. Among the employed, the median college educated worker earns 84 percent more than the median worker with only a high school education. Even those with just some college and no degree or an associate’s degree earn 16 percent more. College educated workers are also much more likely to be in the labor force
(Bureau of Labor - August 2015).


College graduation rate of low income families (determined as combined family income less than $75K) is roughly 20% in 2013.  
- Wall Street Journal
In a 2016, a survey of recent Cancer for College scholarship recipients revealed that 99% of our respondents graduated from college.
(Based on 137 confirmed respondents from Cancer for College survey-2015)


What is Cancer for College?

Cancer for College was formed in 1993 by Craig Pollard as a senior project while at the USC Business School.  Craig was a two-time cancer survivor and witnessed first hand the financial impact cancer can have on a family and the hope a college education can provide to a survivor.

Are you a true charity?
Yes, Cancer for College is a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation tax id 93-1144756 and you can see our listing on GuideStar by clicking here.

What is your Mission?
Cancer for College provides hope and inspiration by granting need-based scholarships and educational experiences to high achieving cancer survivors.​

How many scholarships do you provide?
The amount of scholarships granted each year can vary.  In 2018, we granted 96 new scholarships.

When Can I Apply?

The application period opens on November 1 and closes on January 31 each year.  The application requires some detailed information that you can find here.  If you need further assistance with your application or have questions not covered there, please call our office at 760-599-5096.

Who can apply?
Any cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college. Students attending a community college and graduate school are also eligible for scholarship.

I'm going to school in another country, am I still eligible for a scholarship from Cancer for College?
At this time, we can only provide scholarships to residents of the United States attending school in the US and Puerto Rico.

How did Will Ferrell get involved?
Will and Craig have been friends since their days in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at USC.  Will has been a long-time supporter of the charity since its earliest days.  As his fame has grown, he's become increasingly generous with time and contributions to the cause.  Will serves as the celebrity host to a number of Cancer for College fund raising events.  Keep up to date with us by following us on social media such as Facebook and Instagram.

Can I meet Will?
You never know. Your best chance is to come to one of the events he hosts. Check the events tab to see what upcoming events we have where Will is doing his thing. Attendees might have the chance to meet him, shake his hand, get an autograph, tell him a lame story and even take a picture.  Sign up to attend our events and it is very likely you will cross paths with him.

How can I help?
Donations can be made through our website and we always accept items of value to use as auction prizes at our fundraising events. 
Click here to make a donation.

I don't have any money, but I'd like to donate my time...

We can always use extra bodies at our events.  Contact our office at 760-599-5096 to offer your services.