Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must be:

  • A childhood cancer survivor OR their sibling between the ages of 18 (or graduating from high school) through 24 years of age at the time of this application
  • Registered with Candlelighters
  • Accepted into a post-secondary school in Fall 2023
  • Resident of Nevada
  • Have ​​​​a minimum, unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Evaluation Criteria

This is a competitive process and all requirements carry weight in the review process.  Not all applicants may receive a scholarship. 

Scholarships are funded through grants and generous community supporters and amounts will vary depending on funding and the number of applicants.

Applications are due Wednesday, February 22, 2023 by 5pm. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

All Applicants Must Submit The Following For Consideration

  • Candlelighters Scholarship application completed in full
  • Video Interview (link provided through Spark Hire)
  • Copy of acceptance letter from the University, Community College or Trade School that you plan to attend in Fall 2023 (if a high school senior)
  • Copy of recent official transcript (high school and college)
  • A written essay as directed in the application
  • Recent photo (within last 3 months)


Candlelighters Scholarship Expectations

Maintain an overall 2.5 or higher (4.0) GPA

Maintain full-time status defined as at least 12 units per semester or quarter. 
*Applicants with a part-time status must provide an explanation of why.


Scholarship Renewal

Applicants May Continue to Apply Until One of the Following Occur:

Individual is 25 years or older

Receives their undergraduate degree from the university, community college or trade school

Scholarship Fund Disbursement

Awards will be paid one time directly to the award recipient to be used for tuition, books and other school-related expenses.  If the recipient chooses to stop attending school the funds are to be returned to Candlelighters.  Failure to do so may jeopardize future awards.

Scholarship Award Announcements

Applicants will be notified of award decisions by email in April.

Applicants who receive an award will be invited to attend Candlelighters Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in May 2023.


Please contact Candlelighters at 702-737.1919 or CRamirez@CandleLightersNV.org.