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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. 2019-2020 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
The scholarship application opens on March 1, 2019, and the submission deadline is May 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Award announcements via mail and email will occur in July 2019.

Click on this link to apply: PBTF 2019 Scholarship Application 

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 at 800-253-6530, x306, or by email