College Scholarships

In recognition of Sofia and her sister, Gabriela's love of learning as well as their achievements in academic excellence in school, Sofia's Hope is proud to offer the following annual college scholarship opportunities for both childhood cancer survivors and their siblings. 

Sofia did not have the chance to graduate high school or attend college so through these college scholarships Sofia's Hope aspires to help make that dream a reality for other childhood cancer patients/survivors/warriors and their siblings.  The 2021-2022 application cycle will open on January 15, 2021.  Please subscribe to our mailing list using form below if you want to receive updates on applications and deadlines.

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Sofia Blanco College Scholarships for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Childhood cancer survivors can apply to receive one of three (3) scholarships toward their college education.  Recipients of the Sofia Blanco Scholarships will receive a $2,000 allowance for tuition/room and board, plus a laptop or tablet (first-time awardees only).

Eligibility Requirements 2021 - 2022

  • The applicant must be a childhood cancer survivor (does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify), or someone currently diagnosed with a childhood cancer.

  • The applicant is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment to an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.

  • Sofia’s Hope requires the recipient of a scholarship to submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college/university of their choice or a letter of good standing from the registrar.

  • The applicant must submit the completed Scholarship Application.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • The applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation from academic teacher addressing why they should receive the scholarship.  Must be on official school letterhead.

  • A letter on official letterhead from survivor/patient's attending physician verifying medical history and current medical situation must also be submitted. Medical information will be kept confidential and will only be utilized to support the qualification of consideration for the scholarship. 

  • The applicant must submit an essay discussing the following question. HOW HAS MY EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER IMPACTED MY LIFE AND CAREER GOALS? Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. 

  • Awardees will be eligible to apply for funding every year, so long as they provide a testimonial and photo or video. More details will be provided to awardees.

  • The applicants and their parents if they are minors, must sign a release, that they agree to have their name and photo published in the news media or any Sofia’s Hope publication as a recipient of a Sofia Blanco scholarship and that they agree to have their name, photo and success story published on Sofia’s Hope website or any other Sofia’s Hope publication. 

  • Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted via Kaleidoscope app by April 1, 2021 to be considered for the 2021 Fall Semester. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Scholarship recipients will receive the laptop or tablet in the summer either via mail or in-person presentation.  The $2,000 award will be paid directly to their accredited college/university April 1, 2021 to help with tuition and/or room and board.

Gabriela Blanco College Scholarships
for Siblings of Childhood Cancer Survivors

Because Sofia’s Hope recognizes that siblings are survivors of childhood cancer, too, siblings can apply to receive one of three (3) scholarships toward their college education.  Recipients of the Gabriela Blanco Scholarships will receive a $2,000 allowance for tuition/room and board, plus a laptop or tablet (first-time awardees only).

Eligibility Requirements 2021 - 2022

  • The applicant must be the SIBLING of a childhood cancer survivor (does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify), or of a patient that is currently diagnosed with a childhood cancer and is in treatment. Sibling must live in same household as childhood cancer patient, and specifically during their treatment.  Siblings of childhood cancer patients that have not survived the diagnosis or their treatment are also eligible.

  •  The applicant is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.

  • Sofia’s Hope requires the recipient of a scholarship to submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college/university of their choice or a letter of good standing from the registrar.

  • The applicant must submit the completed Scholarship Application.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • The applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation from academic teacher addressing why they should receive the scholarship.  Must be on official school letterhead.

  • A letter on official letterhead from patient or survivor's attending physician verifying medical history and current medical situation must also be submitted. Medical information will be kept confidential and will only be utilized to support the qualification of consideration for the scholarship. For those whose sibling has not survived diagnosis or treatment and cannot obtain a letter from their attending physician, copy of medical records confirming name, age, and diagnosis will be accepted.  Please do not upload death certificates.

  • The applicant must submit an essay discussing the following question. HOW HAS MY EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER IMPACTED MY LIFE AND CAREER GOALS? Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. 

  • Awardees will be eligible to apply for funding every year, so long as they provide a testimonial and photo or video. More details will be provided to awardees.

  • The applicants and their parents if they are minors, must sign a release, that they agree to have their name and photo published in the news media or any Sofia’s Hope publication as a recipient of a Gabriela Blanco scholarship and that they agree to have their name, photo and success story published on Sofia’s Hope website or any other Sofia’s Hope publication. 

  • Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted by via Kaleidoscope app by April 1, 2021 to be considered for the 2021 Fall Semester. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Scholarship recipients will receive the laptop or tablet in the summer either via mail or in-person presentation.  The $2,000 award will be paid directly to their accredited college/university by August 1, 2021 to help with tuition and/or room and board.

Good Luck!

Address:

10106 SW 126 Street

Miami, FL 33176

Contact Us:

(305) 798-6725

info@sofiashope.org

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