The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.

Information about the scholarships available for 2014-2015 can be found below as well as within the scholarship application site.

Applicants must have been 15 years or older during treatment or 15 years or older during the treatment of their parent or sibling.

Recipients will be awarded a total of $2,500 over two academic semesters. The winner of a scholarship is obligated to perform 40 hours of community service.

Many scholarships share similar applicant criteria. Applicants need only submit one application, which will be considered for any and all scholarships for which the student qualifies.

The scholarship application period for the 2014 – 2015 school year is now closed.  The scholarship application acceptance period ended on March 1, 2014.

Please check back in the fall for the scholarship application period for the 2015-2016  school year. 

{2013-2014 scholarship winners}

Derek Cope Rev

Evan Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

    • Derek Cope

Kaitlin Bramhall Rev

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

  • Kaitlin Bramhall

Keaton Rosborough (1)

Satola Family Scholarship

  • Keaton Rosborough

Cole Phillips Rev

GBMC Scholarship

  • Cole Phillips
Ashton Ebert Rev

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship

  • Ashton Ebert
Olivia Pettingill Rev

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

  • Olivia Pettingill

David Lopez Rev

BOYAA Scholarship

  • David Lopez
Kristina Gaddy Rev

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Kristina Gaddy

Kaycee Davis Rev

Vera Yip Scholarship Award

  • Kaycee Davis
Kayla McGrath Rev

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Kayla McGrath
Andrew Ethridge Rev

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Andrew Etheridge
Jeremy Schmidt Rev

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award

  • Jeremy Schmidt
Jessica Winkler Rev

Paul Lemle Scholarship

  • Jessica Winkler

Columbia Triathlon Association Scholarship

  • Matthew David

{4K for Cancer Scholarships}

Kimberely Schmidt Rev

  • Kimberly Schmidt
Ashley Averett

  • Ashley Averett
Phillip Shanks Rev

  • Philip Shanks
Tiffany Hester

  • Tiffany Hester
Morgan Webster Rev

  • Morgan Webster
Sherayln Beck Rev

  • Sheralyn Beck
Gregory ReevesRev

  • Gregory Reeves
carefoot_helen rev

  • Helen Carefoot
Lydia Ness Rev

  • Lydia Ness
Takashi Yanagi Rev

  • Takashi Yanagi

{2014-2015 scholarships}

Howard County Resident Scholarship

Awarded to a young adult affected by cancer by their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent or sibling:

Evan Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

University- or Hospital-specific Scholarships
Awarded to young adults affected by cancer by their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling:

The Satola Family Scholarship at the University of Virginia

The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Scholarships for a Resident of Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia

Awarded to young adults who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis or a parent/guardian or sibling:

The Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship

The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

Graduate-Level Scholarship for a Resident of the Baltimore/DC Area

Awarded to a young adult who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling:

The BOYAA-Baltimore Chapter College Scholarship

The BOYAA-DC Area Chapter College Scholarship

National Scholarships
Awarded to a young adult affected by cancer through their own diagnosis, or through the diagnosis of a sibling or parent
Awarded to a young adult in active cancer treatment

{application process}

If you are interested in applying for any of the scholarships offered by The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, we ask that you first consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. This will help you choose the correct application and successfully complete the application form.

  • Click the Apply Now button to begin the application process. APPLY NOW
  • Complete the online application’s personal & financial information sections as per the instructions.
  • During this process you will be required to set up a login and password (this information will be emailed to the address you enter). This login and password allows you to save your uncompleted application.
  • Be sure to provide responses to all application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Attach your completed essay, physician verification form and / or death certification as applicable.
  • Send out your “Letter of Recommendation” requests through the online application site.
  • Make your selections from the list of recommended scholarships for which you would like to apply.
  • Review and complete the eligibility requirements provided for each scholarship you select.
  • You are able to return to the application picking up at the point in which you left off to continue with any unanswered questions. You may save and edit as often as you wish prior to submitting your completed application by the deadline of March 1, 2014.
  • When your application is finalized submit by selecting the APPLY NOW button(s) per your scholarship selection(s) on the application site.
  • You will receive an email verification of your submission.

{frequently asked questions}

Q: I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 13. Am I eligible to apply?
A: In keeping with our founder’s vision of serving the unmet needs of young adults with cancer, the UCF does not award scholarships to childhood cancer survivors. If, however, you were in active treatment for six months of your 15th year, then you are eligible to apply. Proof of age on the Physician’s Verification Form is required.

Q: My mother passed away from cancer when I was 10. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: UCF does not award scholarships to applicants whose parent/sibling was battling cancer when the applicant was a young child. To qualify, the applicant needs to have been at least 15 years of age while their parent/sibling was in treatment. Proof of age on the Physician’s Verification Form is required. If the parent/sibling has passed, the death certificate date is used.

Q: Do I have to fill out more than one application if I qualify for multiple scholarships?

A: No. Submitting one application automatically means you will considered for any and all scholarships you qualify for. The only exception is the Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students in active treatment, which requires a separate application.

Q: Who should write my letter of reference?
A: Your letter of reference is one of the most important aspects of your application packet. It should not be written by family members or personal friends. Your recommendation should come from someone who has known you for some time and is familiar with your cancer experience, educational goals, and career aspirations. We recommend asking teachers, guidance counselors, supervisors, or civic, religious, or community leaders for your letter of reference.

Q: I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents to be eligible to receive a scholarship.

Q: I am attending school in Canada. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Applicants must attend an educational institution in the United States to be eligible.
Q: I am enrolled in online classes. Am I eligible to apply?

A: You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in online classes at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Q: Are part-time students eligible to apply for a scholarship award?
A: Part-time students must be enrolled in at least two classes to be eligible.
Q: My parent has passed away. Do I need to send in both a Physician’s Verification and a copy of the death certificate?

A: No. The date of the death certificate will be used to ascertain that the applicant fits the age requirement.

Q: The person whom I asked to write a recommendation letter wants to send it in separately from my application. Is that possible?
A: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we require a complete application packet submitted at one time. This includes your signed letter of reference in a sealed envelope, your completed and signed application, your typed essay, your completed Physician’s Verification Form or copy of death certificate, and a copy of the agreement to complete 40 hours of community service with the applicant’s signature.
Applications missing letters of reference or other documents are automatically disqualified.

{additional questions or concerns}

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