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Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund

Stuart Scott, the late beloved ESPN sportscaster and a dedicated friend of the V Foundation, helped raise funds for the organization for 20+ years before passing away from cancer in 2015. Following his passing, the V Foundation and founding partner ESPN established the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund to express their commitment to health equity in his memory.

Stuart was a champion for cancer research and was especially driven to improve outcomes for African Americans and other minorities disproportionately affected by the disease.


With ESPN’s help, the V Foundation has awarded over $16 million in grants from the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. The groundbreaking cancer research initiative funds research focused on racial disparities in cancer outcomes as well as general cancer research lead by scientists from underrepresented groups.

The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund has funded 54 researchers who have made great strides in cancer research. Collectively in their careers, they have:

  • Produced over 7,500 publications
  • Received over 200 grants
  • Been connected to over 125 clinical trials

54 GRANTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED SINCE THE FUND’S INCEPTION IN 2015. FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS INCLUDE PROSTATE, COLORECTAL, BREAST, ENDOMETRIAL AND LUNG CANCERS.

Funding is dedicated to research the aggressiveness, therapeutic responsiveness and ultimate outcomes experienced by cancer patients from diverse ethnic populations and sponsoring outstanding underrepresented scientists.

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