The 2019 application is currently closed for fundraising and will open April 15th, 2019.


A selection committee will choose a limited number of scholarship recipients based on the applicants’ personal hardships, assessing their financial needs and their desire to move forward fearlessly. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500 – $2,500.

Scholarship consideration will be given to fearless scholars who meet the following requirements:

  1. Have been diagnosed with cancer within the last 5 years,
  2. have been in remission for at least six (6) months or more,
  3. and are currently enrolled in a 4-year university or community college.

Priority Consideration will be given to:

  1. applicants who currently reside or will study in California/Nevada/Arizona/Oregon/Washington/Colorado/Utah/Idaho,
  2. applicants between the ages of 17 and 30.


In order to be considered all applicants must submit the following by July 1st, 2017:

  1. Complete this online application;
  2. Respond to two personal insight questions within this online application. Each response is limited to a maximum of 500 words;
  3. And a letter of recommendation from a co-worker/employer, counselor (religious or otherwise), nurse/doctor, or professor. The letter of recommendation should be emailed to

Finalist will be notified by July 4th, 2017 and must submit the following items by August 1st, 2017 for final consideration:

  1. Confirmation of diagnosis from applicant’s oncologist,
  2. Proof of enrollment in a 4-year university or community college,
  3. And an educational plan from an advisor/counselor.


Complete two essay prompts in less than 500 words each, answering the questions below:

    1. Every cancer survivor knows about starting over. No matter who you were or what you were doing before cancer, everything you thought you knew gets called into question after being diagnosed with a potentially life threatening disease. During treatment, it may be hard to think about anything except completing treatment. Being in remission, however, is your chance to start over. This is the new you. The Fearless Scholar Foundation was started to encourage young cancer survivors, like you, to dream again. The idea is not that you will never fear again, as no one has that luxury; however we want to encourage you to have dreams and to achieve your educational goals fearlessly. You have already come so far and there is no need to limit yourself now. In that regard, please tell us about your future dreams and educational goals:
    2. There are multiple metaphors that people use when describing their cancer experience. Some people describe it as a war or battle while others describe it as a journey. When thinking about or discussing your diagnosis and treatment, how do you describe it? Does this best describe the way you cope with adversity?