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Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Winners! Applications are now closed. Please check back in October for applications for the 2018/2019 year. 

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. Many scholarships offered by UCF share similar applicant criteria. Applicants need only submit one application, which will be considered for any and all scholarships for which the student applies and is eligible.

Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.

Scholarship winners will be awarded a total of $2500 over two academic semesters. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s school. Each scholarship winner is obligated to organize and run a bone marrow registry drive with the support of Delete Blood Cancer and There Goes My Hero.


List of Offered 2017-2018 Scholarships

Survivor Scholarships

Board of Young Adult Advisors Scholarship       Awarded to a graduate student

Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship                             Five Scholarships are Being Offered

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship                    Awarded to a resident of Chicago, who is currently in active treatment                                                           Two Scholarships are Being Offered

The Olivia M. Marquart Scholarship                 Awarded to a resident of Pennsylvania and education major

Lost a Parent to Cancer

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship

Survivor Or Parent/Sibling Diagnosed

Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship               Awarded to a resident of Howard County, MD

James & Patricia Sood Scholarship               Awarded to an education major

Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship          Awarded to a resident of the Baltimore/Washington metro area                                                                       Two Scholarships are Being Offered

Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship                 Six Scholarships are Being Offered

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship

John Duvall Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship        Awarded to a resident of MD, DC or VA

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship             Awarded to a resident of the Baltimore/Washington metro area

Janet Margaret Freeman

Margaret Grace Freeman

Mary Barton Freeman Scholarship                     Five Scholarships are Being Offered

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship                         Awarded to a resident of MD, DC or VA

Satola Family Scholarship

 

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship

Vittoria Diana Ricardo Memorial Scholarship


Application Process Checklist

If you are interested in applying for any of the scholarships offered by The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, we ask that you follow our Application Process Checklist below. This will help guide you as you complete your online application.

  1. Click the “Apply Now” button to begin the application process. You will be directed to our online application.
  2. Click the “Register” button.
  3. 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 and return to complete it at your convenience.
  4. Be sure to provide responses to all applications questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. After you complete the first 5 sections of the application in their entirety, click the yellow ‘Submit Application’ button at the bottom of the page. This will filter the scholarships you are eligible for.
  6. Click on each scholarship you would like to apply for. Attach your completed essay form, physician verification form or death certificate as applicable. Please make sure your name is at the top of your essay. The essay prompt and physician verification form are available for download below.
  7. Send out your “Letter of Recommendation” request through the online site. You may edit the letter as needed. Be sure you have the correct email address.  Questions the person who is writing your recommendation letter should reference can be found in the link below.
  8. Review and complete the eligibility requirements provided for each scholarship you select.
  9. 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 15, 2017.
  10. When your application is finalized, submit the application by selecting the APPLY NOW button(s) per your scholarship selection(s) on the application site.

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. Your online application will indicate if you qualify for multiple scholarships based on the initial questions in the questionnaire. You application will be applied to each scholarship you apply for.

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: The Award Spring online application requires the applicant to request a recommendation letter. The person writing the recommendation can reply to the request confidentially using the link that was provided in the email request.

Additional Questions or Concerns?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email the Scholarship Coordinator at scholarship@ulmanfund.org.

 


2017-2018 UCF Scholarship Winners

Hannah Johnson, 17 years old; Andover, MA
Hannah Johnson, 17 years old; Andover, MABernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship
MJ (Marissa) Hayes, 24 years old; San Francisco, CA
MJ (Marissa) Hayes, 24 years old; San Francisco, CABOYAA scholarship
Jude Jawhar, 18 years old; Ellicott City, MD
Jude Jawhar, 18 years old; Ellicott City, MDDoug Parker Memorial Scholarship
Bailey Sudduth, 18 years old; Shelbyville, TN
Bailey Sudduth, 18 years old; Shelbyville, TNJames and Patricia Sood Scholarship
David Robbins, 18 years old; Rockville, MD
David Robbins, 18 years old; Rockville, MDJamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
Trevor Wuth, 18 years old; Fallon, NV
Trevor Wuth, 18 years old; Fallon, NVJamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
Andrea Belding, 22 years old; Kenosha, WI
Andrea Belding, 22 years old; Kenosha, WIJamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
Gina Collesano, 22 years old; Homer Glen, IL
Gina Collesano, 22 years old; Homer Glen, ILJamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
Erin Hediger, 20 years old; St. Charles, MO
Erin Hediger, 20 years old; St. Charles, MOJamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
Laura Quinn, 23 years old; Winston-Salem, NC
Laura Quinn, 23 years old; Winston-Salem, NCJanet Margaret Freeman Scholarship
Jordan Jozak, 22 years old; Springville, NY
Jordan Jozak, 22 years old; Springville, NYJeffery P Meyer Memorial Scholarship
Maylene Rodriguez Scott, 20 years old;Amherst, MA
Maylene Rodriguez Scott, 20 years old;Amherst, MAJeffery P Meyer Memorial Scholarship
Kara Gay, 24 years old; Charleston, SC
Kara Gay, 24 years old; Charleston, SCJill Weaver Starkman Scholarship
Boma Tende, 18 years old; Abingdon, MD
Boma Tende, 18 years old; Abingdon, MDJohn Duvall Memorial Scholarship
Ethan Ostrow, 19 years old; Berkeley, CA
Ethan Ostrow, 19 years old; Berkeley, CAJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Emily Cashel, 26 years old; Hoboken, NJJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Alejandra Piti-Mesa, 18 years old; Adelphi, MD
Alejandra Piti-Mesa, 18 years old; Adelphi, MDJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Jeremy Schmidt, 22 years old; Portland, OR
Jeremy Schmidt, 22 years old; Portland, ORJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Abby Dywer, 18 years old; Ramsey, MN
Abby Dywer, 18 years old; Ramsey, MNJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Karly Harris, 18 years old; Lincoln, CA
Karly Harris, 18 years old; Lincoln, CAJohn Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Carolyn Zieglar, 18 years old; Centerville, VA
Carolyn Zieglar, 18 years old; Centerville, VALisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship
Michael Elliott, 20 years old; Potomac, MD
Michael Elliott, 20 years old; Potomac, MDLisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship
Jennifer Kloster, 21 years old; Santa Barbara, CA
Jennifer Kloster, 21 years old; Santa Barbara, CAMargaret Grace Freeman Scholarship
Emily Winter, 24 years old; Baltimore, MD
Emily Winter, 24 years old; Baltimore, MDMarilyn Yesto Memorial Scholarship
Jennyfer Register, 20 years old; Austin, MN
Jennyfer Register, 20 years old; Austin, MNMary Barton Freeman Scholarship
Katie Evans, 21 years old; Eugene, OR
Katie Evans, 21 years old; Eugene, ORMary Barton Freeman Scholarship
Lauren Pudvah, 26 years old; Williamsburg, VA
Lauren Pudvah, 26 years old; Williamsburg, VAMary Barton Freeman Scholarship
Paige Lopez, 20 years old; San Clemente, CA
Paige Lopez, 20 years old; San Clemente, CAMary Barton Freeman Scholarship
Jessica Lenz, 25 years old; Westville, NJ
Jessica Lenz, 25 years old; Westville, NJMary Barton Freeman Scholarship
Zachary Hoover, 18 years old; Altoona, PA
Zachary Hoover, 18 years old; Altoona, PAOlivia M. Marquart Scholarship
Elise Lamprecht, 24 years old; Henrico, VA
Elise Lamprecht, 24 years old; Henrico, VAPerlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship
Catherine Nester, 18 years old; Crofton, MD
Catherine Nester, 18 years old; Crofton, MDSatola Family Scholarship
Graham Ikler, 18 years old; Wilmette, IL
Graham Ikler, 18 years old; Wilmette, ILSean Silver Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Doyle, 19 years old; Phoenix, MD
Elizabeth Doyle, 19 years old; Phoenix, MDThe Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship
Mathew Vermont, 18 years old; Fairfax, VA
Mathew Vermont, 18 years old; Fairfax, VAVera Yip Memorial Scholarship

 

 

2016-2017 UCF Scholarship Winners

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