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2017 College Scholarship Application Now Open for Brain Tumor Survivors


When a family receives a brain tumor diagnosis, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is committed to walk with them through the entire journey.

Through our family support programs and resources, we’re here to ease some of the hardships, celebrate children’s achievements and help survivors reach their goals in life.

"A brain tumor diagnosis will certainly make for fear and hard times, but the good moments, challenges and interactions that follow will develop insight, focus, toughness, and tenderness in you,” says Lily Coltoff, a pediatric brain tumor survivor and one of the PBTF’s 2016 scholarship recipients. “These unexpected positives will become a lasting part of the unique person you are, brain tumor and all."

Since 2002, we have awarded more than 1,400 college scholarships to brain tumor survivors like Lily. And we’re excited to add to that number with the release of our 2017 scholarship application.

Who can apply?

Applicants for the PBTF scholarship must:

  • Have been diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or nonmalignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor, as identified by the World Health Organization
  • Be a high school senior, high school graduate starting college or college student
  • Plan to attend or already are attending an accredited academic institution within the United States

The application for 2017 scholarships is now open. A completed online application, along with all required electronic documents, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply for a scholarship at

Zachary Brown, who received a scholarship in 2016, shares his dreams for the future:

“After my experiences I decided I want to become a pediatric neuro-oncologist. I hope to discover even better treatments and to improve the outcome of every child with cancer. I want to use my experience to relate to kids in similar situations and help them. It is always a comfort to have someone who truly knows and understands what you are going through. I want to be that person."

The recipients of this year’s scholarships will be announced in July, after education and medical professionals independent of the PBTF review all completed applications. The scholarship is a one-year award of $500 and will be paid directly to recipients’ accredited academic institution of choice.

Our scholarship program for brain tumor survivors is supported in part by the Cycle World Joseph C. Parkhurst Education Fund. We are also grateful for the generosity of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Family Support Fund at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“For me, my diagnosis was a blessing in disguise. It made me incredibly thankful for what I have, and because I was helped, hopefully I can help someone else in the future,” says 2016 scholarship recipient Riley Loonan.

“Always be thinking about how your experience is training you for the future to help someone else. Start a chain reaction through your understanding and compassion and try to help others who are even less fortunate than you."

If you are a brain tumor survivor pursuing a college education, visit for more information or call Shelley Pressley at 800-253-6530, ext. 306 with questions.