ROCK College Scholarship Program
Making Dreams Come True….
The American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. College Scholarship Program
One of the most difficult challenges a young person may have to face in life is that of cancer. As children beat cancer, they begin to look at the future. They have dreams and goals just like other children; they want their life to count.
Thanks to the American Cancer Society’s award-winning College Scholarship Program, many families who have been devastated by the financial strain of treating the disease can now afford to send their kids to college. Through a generous private donation, the Florida Division in 1992 created the nation’s first scholarship program for young people with a history of cancer. By relieving the financial burden of a college education, the program gives young cancer survivors hope for the future and a chance to reach their full potential.
Through the generosity of people like you, and the dedication of a volunteer group of educators, business leaders and medical experts, more and more young cancer survivors each year are building bright futures- in education, sports, health care, business, law, theater, computer science and a host of other fields.
The college scholarship program is not only solving a practical problem, it is creating a new generation of cancer survivors who will make their mark on the world. The program’s long-term goal is to build the endowment so that all eligible applicants can receive scholarships.
How Does It Work?
The program is open to all Florida residents who are United States citizens and received a diagnosis of cancer before the age of 21.
- Applicants must be under 21 when they apply and must attend an accredited school in Florida
- Selection criteria include financial need, academic potential, community service, and leadership.
- Completed applications are due in April.
- Awards are announced in June.
- Scholarships are for a maximum of 130 semester credit hours.
- Tuition awards are paid directly to the college or university and the student receives a small allowance for textbooks.
Since resources may be limited, not all applicants receive scholarships; priority is given for scholarship renewals.