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College and vocational scholarships for survivors of pediatric brain tumors

The PBTF scholarship program eases the financial hardships of a childhood brain tumor diagnosis and helps survivors thrive by empowering them to reach their career goals. PBTF seeks to meet the educational needs of brain tumor survivors who will attend college and also to assist survivors who have other career aspirations including vocational, trade or technical degrees/certificates.

Scholarships for high school seniors, high school graduates starting college or students currently in college

Scholarships are a one-time award of $1,000 to high school seniors, high school graduates or college students pursuing an associate degree, bachelor's degree or certificate from an accredited college/university or a vocational, trade or technical institution. Awards are paid directly to the academic institution. Scholarship awardees are required to take part in the PBTF Scholar Service Program. 

Eligibility requirements for scholarship applicants

  • Diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or non-malignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor, as identified by the World Health Organization.
  • Plan to or already attending an accredited community college, undergraduate college/university, vocational, trade or technical institution (graduate level applicants are not eligible to apply).
  • If awarded, agree to participate in PBTF's Scholar Service Program. 

Important Dates

Check back for updates on the next PBTF scholarship grant cycle.

Support the Gift of Education

Since the first scholarship award in 2001, the PBTF has awarded more than 1,700 scholarships totaling $1.8 million. If you wish to fund the gift of education, the PBTF offers donors the opportunity to establish a named scholarship in honor or memory of someone.

Scholarship Program Supporters

Thank you to our 2018-19 named scholarship donors:

•    Herbert Shaw Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
•    Julia Kivlin Scholarship Fund
•    Larry Dean Davis Scholarship Fund


Our scholarship program for brain tumor survivors is supported in part by the Cycle World Joseph C. Parkhurst Education Fund. For more information about our scholarship program, please contact Keila Levis Aguilar at 800-253-6530, x306, or by email