Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT) In-Person Symposium

June 21 – 23, 2023 Washington, DC

Advocate Scholarship Application

NCCS is pleased to provide scholarships for its CPAT members to attend the In-Person Symposium in the Washington, DC area. Advocate scholarships provide financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Scholarship Application Requirements

Roberta AlbanyApplicants must live in the United States or US Territories.

Recipients must agree to use the scholarship to attend the entire CPAT Symposium, which begins at 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 21 and ends at 2:00 PM ET on Friday, June 23.

By applying for and accepting a scholarship, recipients must agree to participate in Hill Day to advocate for survivorship legislation championed by NCCS.  Educational materials will be provided in advance of the CPAT Symposium for review prior to arrival to help you prepare for meetings with your members of Congress.

Scholarship recipients must provide a brief testimonial (250 words) after the Symposium. The testimonial should summarize the recipient’s overall experience and the education they gained from attending the meeting. NCCS may post the testimonial or quotes on NCCS’s website and may share testimonials or quotes with funders who make the Symposium possible.

You are not eligible to receive a scholarship in 2023 under the following conditions:

  • You accepted scholarship funds in the past and did not attend, without proper notice to NCCS; or
  • You received a scholarship and did not complete the required testimonial.

The CPAT registration discount is open to all who would like to attend the in-person CPAT Symposium.

Travel stipends and hotel accommodations will only be awarded to those who live more than 60 miles from the Symposium location.

We are currently at capacity for the Advocate Scholarship. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wait list below and we will contact you if a spot opens up.

COVID-19 Policy

In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.  NCCS follows CDC masking guidelines and local laws and ordinances. Masking is encouraged and extra masks will be available at the Symposium.


You have the option of receiving reimbursement by direct deposit or check. By selecting direct deposit, NCCS will arrange to collect your account information prior to the Symposium and your stipend will be directly deposited into your account during the Symposium. Reimbursement checks will be distributed the morning of June 23 at breakfast. You must also turn in a completed Symposium evaluation. No checks will be distributed prior to the events on the morning of June 23. You must personally pick up your check.

Scholarship Details

CPAT Symposium Registration Discount

A registration discount code will be offered to offset $50 of the $100 registration fee for those who receive advocate scholarships. Final cost of CPAT Symposium Registration with the scholarship is $50. If you are unable to attend the Symposium, the registration fee is refundable before May 31, 2023.


Advocate scholarships are awarded as travel stipends based on distance from conference location:

  • $200 for VA, MD, WV, or DE residents who live more than 60 miles from the Symposium location.
  • $300 for residents of AL, CT, FL, GA, IN, MA, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, and VT.
  • $350 for residents of US Territories.
  • $400 for residents of AR, AZ, CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI, and WY.
  • $500 for residents of AK, CA, HI, OR, and WA.

Note: NCCS will not provide travel stipend reimbursement to individuals who are not able to attend due to illness, changes in COVID-19 precautions, or unforeseen circumstances. Direct deposit and check reimbursement will only be provided to those in attendance at the Symposium.

Hotel Accommodations

Advocate scholarships also include two nights of hotel accommodations ($289 per night + tax) – June 21 and June 22 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

You must live more than 60 miles from the conference location to be eligible for hotel accommodation scholarship. You are responsible for any charges to the room and if damages occur. NCCS will pay the hotel directly for your room.

NCCS will add $100 to the travel stipend for each attendee who chooses to share a room. We ask that you identify a roommate with whom you would like to share. You can search for a roommate on our CPAT Members Facebook group. Please visit the CPAT Members group page (request to join—if you are a CPAT member, you will be accepted).

If you have questions or concerns, please email Veronika Panagiotou, PhD at

Scholarship Wait List

We are currently at capacity for the Advocate Scholarship. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wait list below and we will contact you if a spot opens up.