Scholarship applications are now closed. The deadline to submit an application was March 11, 2016 (11:59 pm EST). Please check back in October 2016 when we will open our scholarship application for the 2017-2018 school 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 2016-2017 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

Mary Barton Freeman Scholarship                     Three Scholarships are Being Offered

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

Ride Across Maryland Scholarship                   Awarded to a resident of MD, DE, DC or VA who has been affected by breast cancer

Satola Family Scholarship

UCF Races Club Challenge Victory Scholarship       Two Scholarships are Being Offered

UCF Races Volunteers 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 11, 2016.
  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.

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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 Julie Lanahan at


2015-2016 UCF Scholarship Winners

Jessica CellinesiJessica Cellinesi

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship 

Kyle GreaverKyle Greaver 

Board of Young Adult Advisors Scholarship (BOYAA – Baltimore) 

Harry “Bo” Oliver 

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship 

Anthony SmithAnthony Smith 

Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship 

Mark CarrJay Carr

Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship

Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson 

The James & Patricia Sood Scholarship

Agnes KimaniAgnes Kimani 

Jamie Roberts Scholarship

LieslLiesl Eurich 

Jamie Roberts Scholarship

Sage SchweickertSage Schweickert

Jamie Roberts Scholarship

Cari HansenCari Hansen

Jamie Roberts Scholarship

Joshua SmithJoshua Smith 

Jamie Roberts Scholarship

Kyla PokornyKyla Pokorny

Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship

 Sonja Wagner

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship 

Andrew Freeman

John Duvall Memorial Scholarship

Jessica CantwellJessica Cantwell

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

nick hibbelerNicholas Hibbeler

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

Nicolette Bautista

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

Somer GreeneSomer Greene

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

Kathryn BrownKathryn Brown

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship 

Grace HorvathGrace Horvath

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

Miranda SierraMiranda Sierra 

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship

Colleen SincavageColleen Sincavage 

Olivia Marquart Scholarship 

Sacha Mapombo ChoupaSacha Mapombo Choupa

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship

Lisa PotterLisa Potter

Satola Family Scholarship

Lauren BendeskyLauren Bendesky 

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship

James CiminoJames ‘Zippy’ Cimino

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship

Brooke McGeeBrooke McGee 

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship

Hannah DowellHannah Dowell 

Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship

2013-2014 UCF Scholarship Winners

2014-2015 UCF Scholarship Winners