PCRF Scholarship

Supporting Survivors of Pediatric Cancer

PCRF Scholarship Opportunities

Since 2017, PCRF has been awarding survivors of pediatric cancer with PCRF Scholarship Awards!
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Scholarship Committee will continue to award annual scholarships as a commitment to improving the quality of life for those affected by pediatric cancer. The scholarship intends to support undergraduate and/or post-graduate education for survivors of pediatric cancer. This scholarship is offered nationwide. Applications are available and accepted January 1st through March 31st.

The window to apply for the 2022-2023 school year is now CLOSED. 

Pictured: Robert Zimmer and his daughter Kellie

Robert J. Zimmer Ph.D. College Opportunity Fund

“Over the past 5 years, I have been reading the personal stories of these young applicants.  I have been humbled and touched deeply by their strength, courage, perseverance, resilience, compassion, and faith.  Little did I know that childhood cancer can have lasting effects on children’s memory and attention, creating academic challenges to higher learning.” -Robert J. Zimmer

The Robert J. Zimmer Ph.D. College Opportunity Fund recognizes and affirms their victory over cancer. 


Applicants for this scholarship award must:

  1. Be graduating high school seniors, community college students or 4-year university students who have been treated for pediatric cancer. If awarded, a note from the treating doctor must be supplied to certify that the applicant has been in treatment.
  2. Be students who are enrolled full time for the upcoming term.
  3. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.


Scholarships will be awarded & granted for the total amount in the PCRF Scholarship Fund for that year. The total amount granted each year will vary. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,500. Recipients are selected without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.

Selection of Recipients

The PCRF Scholarship Committee will review applications and assess them based on the quality of the essay, intentions of the scholar, and the completeness of the application. Winners will be notified by early summer.

Application Requirements

Applications are now CLOSED

To be considered for a scholarship, it is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Download this pdf and use it to prepare all of your information including essay response and a digital photo to upload before you begin.
  2. When you have written your essay and are ready to proceed, fill out the online questions below – including essay and digital photo.  When you get your email confirmation of your submission (may take up to 24 hours), print the whole confirmation email to be included in step three.
  3. You must submit in one large envelope:
    • A printed copy of your completed online application email (may take up to 24 hours)
    • A copy of your most recent official transcript.
    • 2 letters of recommendation still sealed in its original envelope and signed by the sender across the seal.
    • Verification of diagnosis on official letterhead in a sealed envelope.

Additional materials (Step 3 items) can be mailed to 
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation – PCRF Scholarship
2151 Michelson Dr., Suite 180  Irvine, CA 92612

All materials must be received to the PCRF office by the March 30th deadline.  Earlier applications are appreciated. Late or incomplete applications cannot be reviewed by the committee.

Questions may be directed to Scholarships@pcrf-kids.org

Additional scholarship opportunities may be found at the following partner organizations:

The Ruth Cheatham Foundation

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Robin Romano Memorial Scholarship

Cancer for College

SuperSibs Scholarships

Manne Family Foundation (For Siblings)

Change a Life Today

Some people say that children make up 10% of our cancer population, but they are 100% of our future! ~ Dr. Alex Huang, Case Western