the orion fund grants

Each year The Orion Fund awards grant to California college students with serious illness or injury. If you are in college, age 32 and under, and have a serious medical condition affecting your ability to stay in school, then The Orion Fund may be able to help.




A limited number of emergency grants are available through our Bridge Grant Program, open through December this year. Please complete the 2021 application and send to, and we will help if we can.


Grants are awarded to cover:
• Medical expenses
• Medical technology
• Educational costs
• Living expenses



We have noticed that we follow the demographics of what happens to young adults… each year we usually fund students with traumatic injury, cancer, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis. We first fund students with acute circumstances – a significant medical event within the last year. We next support students with serious chronic conditions, until our grant pool for the year has been expended.

The following graphs show the demographics of our students in terms of illness and injury and then information about our grants for 2005 to the present.


student illness and injuries