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Survivor Scholarship

PCRF Scholarship Opportunities

Since 2017, PCRF has been granting survivors of pediatric cancer with PCRF Scholarship Awards. These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and/or post-graduate students nationally as a demonstration of our commitment to improve quality of life for those affected by pediatric cancer. In 2023, we proudly awarded over 100 scholarships. Meet a handful of our recipients below:

Pictured: Robert Zimmer

Robert J. Zimmer Ph.D. College Opportunity Fund

“Since 2017, 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 (Pictured with his daughter, Kellie)

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 academic year.
  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, gender, disability, or national origin.

Selection of Recipients

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (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.