Scholarship Apps/Financial Assistance/Research Grants

MESF encourages students to AIM HIGH in order to qualify for academic scholarships which we offer to high school, college/medical school students & adult learners.  Over $80,000 have been given to deserving students since our incorporation in 2008.

                 CONGRATULATIONS 2018 COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL PARTNER     

*Community Partner Schools increase chances for scholarship recipients

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS MARCH1st, 2018

Excellence in Academics & Community Service Award

This one-time scholarship, in an amount up to $2,500, will be awarded to one or two (2) successful candidates annually. Candidates must be brain tumor patients/survivors or closely related to someone diagnosed with a brain tumor. Relationships are limited to spouse, biological children, biological parents, and biological siblings.

Candidates must also be US residents who are entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program at a college, university, vocational school, or other setting within the fifty United States or District of Columbia that demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Amount of award will be paid directly to the student’s school if for tuition, or directly to the recipient to assist with living expenses, books, travel, etc.

Award applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available by September 1, 2017.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2018. Your completed application must be postmarked by that date. We will notify the 2018 recipients in April 2018.  Local winners will participate in the Annual Scholarship Gala on May 20th and the Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk ceremony in July.  All winners will be listed on our site in July 2018.

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Excellence in Science & Medicine Award

This one-time scholarship, in an amount up to $2,500, will be awarded to one or two (2) successful candidates annually. Candidates must also be US residents who are entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program within health sciences (including biology, chemistry, nursing, etc.) with the intent to enter the field of oncology or neurology (including neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neuropathology) at a college or four-year university within the fifty United States or District of Columbia. Amount of award will be paid directly to the student’s school if for tuition, or directly to the recipient to assist with living expenses, books, travel, etc.

Award applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available by September 1, 2017.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2018. Your completed application must be postmarked by that date. We will notify the 2018 recipients in April 2018.  Local winners will participate in the Annual Scholarship Gala on May 20th and the Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk ceremony in July.  All winners will be listed on our site in July 2018.

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NEW~~Karen Lewis CTU-CPS Excellence in Science Award

Created in honor of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis, this one time scholarship, in an amount up to $2,500, will be awarded to one or four (4) successful Chicago Public School (CPS) candidates annually (determined by funds availability).  Candidates must be a graduate or current CPS student entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program within the health sciences (including biology, chemistry, nursing, etc.); pursuing a technical certification, associate or bachelor level degree; with an emphasis in science and/or screening and research in the areas of oncology or neurology (including neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neuropathology) at a college or four-year university within the fifty United States or District of Columbia.  Amount of award will be paid directly to the student’s school if for tuition, or directly to the recipient to assist with living expenses, books, travel, etc.

Award applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available by September 1, 2017.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2018. Your completed application must be postmarked by that date. We will notify the 2018 recipients in April 2018.  Local winners will participate in the Annual Scholarship Gala on May 20th and the Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk ceremony in July.  All winners will be listed on our site in July 2018.

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#GIVING TUESDAY Award

This special award will be granted to a student or students present and participating in the #GIVING TUESDAY health event.  This book scholarship in an amount of $300 – $500 will be used to support a student pursing or planning to pursue a career within health science.  High school seniors, existing college/medical school students & adult learners qualify.  Award is subject to enrollment verification.

Award is payable during the current school year for students already enrolled in a college/medical school or technical certification program for the 2017-2018 academic term. It is payable at the start of the 2018-2019 academic school year for 2018 graduating high school seniors. Amount of award will either be paid directly to the student’s school or directly to the recipient with acceptable documentation of text book fees.  Local winners will participate in either the Annual Scholarship Gala on May 20th or the Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk ceremony in July.  Good luck to all who enter the raffle on Nov 28, 2018 @ OPRF HS South Cafe 201 N. Scovile Oak Park, IL 6p

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MESF is dedicated to winning the fight against brain tumors. We vow to SAVE-A-LIFE  by providing financial support for vital screenings utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. We eagerly provide monetary support to families coping with a brain tumor diagnosis.

Medical Screening Award

A monetary gift will be awarded to patients to offset the costs of MRI and CT Scanning services for brain tumors. This award is given on a first come first serve basis. Hospitals may apply but all applications will require a signature from the patient (unless patient is a minor).

Note: Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis (check website for availability). Funds are given directly to the patient/applicant in care of the hospital/service provider. Maximum amount awarded is $2500.00.

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Financial Assistance Grant…..(Congratulations Jones Family of Arkansas 2017)

This grant is also referred to as “A Husbands Hope” for Mary’s widow Arthur Smith III.  The Mary E. Smith Foundation encourages and supports brain tumor patients and their families on their journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.  Funding for financial assistance grants are available on a first come first serve basis and depend upon funds availability.

Candidates must be the brain tumor patient/survivor or a financially bound relative of someone diagnosed with a brain tumor. Relationships are limited to spouse, children, parents, and siblings. All applications must be accompanied by proof of a brain tumor diagnosis.  Supporting documentation regarding financial hardships during and/or following the diagnosis should also accompany the application (ex. past due hospital bills).  All request are reviewed and approved by an internal grant committee, who then make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Board members may request additional information if needed. Once approved, funds will be immediately available.

Award Frequency: This is a one time monetary assistance award open to U.S. residents.

Note: Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis (check website for availability). Funds are made payable to the patient; parent/guardian. Maximum amount awarded is $2500.00.

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MESF is dedicated to FIND-A-CURE by providing grants to the nations top researchers.

Research Grant Award–CONGRATULATIONS Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) $10K

The Mary E. Smith Foundation encourages and supports research related to the prevention, treatment, and overall progress toward a cure for brain tumors. Funding for grants are available year-round based on a two-part application process. All applications are reviewed and approved by an internal grant committee, who then make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Board members will request additional information and/or arrange an interview. The scientific relevance of the proposed study and the applicant (individual, organization, & principal investigator) credentials will be important factors. Once a project is approved, funds will be immediately available.

Award Frequency: This is a one time research grant award open to U.S. researchers.

Award Funding Amount: Grants are currently limited to $1000 – $10,000 per award.

Note: Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis (check website for availability). Funds are made payable to the hospital/organization research facility.

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