Special Scholarship Opportunity For Children of a Deceased Parent


College bound students who have lost at least one parent are often at a financial disadvantage when it comes to paying for their education. With one parent left to provide their educational needs, some students are unable to attend college because family finances are stretched too thin.

Getting Held When The Need Is There

Many students are able to work their way through college, getting a degree over many years of balancing work with their classes. But, one nonprofit graduationorganization has decided to offer a scholarship to as many as 45 students, if these applicants submit either a 500-word essay or 3-minute video describing how the death of a parent or guardian has impacted their lives, both financially and emotionally.

“Paying for college is a challenge for most families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult when a parent dies at an early age,” said Marvin Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, president and CEO of the LIFE Foundation. “Through the LIFE Lessons scholarship program, the LIFE Foundation is able to help deserving young people in these difficult situations achieve their dream of higher education and realize their full potential.”

How to Apply

The LIFE Lessons scholarship program is open to young people between ages 17 and 24 who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian and are currently enrolled in, or been accepted to, a college, university or trade school. The deadline for all scholarship applications is April 17.

In all, 45 scholarships will be awarded, 39 in the essay category and 6 in the video category. LIFE will award four $5,000 grand prize scholarships. In the video category, one $5,000 grand prize scholarship will be determined by a public, online vote that will take place on LIFE’s website beginning on or around June 15, 2009. The remaining $40,000 in scholarship money will be awarded in the form of 40, $1,000 runner-up scholarships.

More information about the LIFE Lessons scholarship program, including submission guidelines, rules and a listing of past winners, is available at www.lifehappens.org/scholarship. Questions regarding the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program should be emailed to scholarship@lifehappens.org.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Prospective college students are urged to explore all of their scholarship opportunities now in order to be eligible for as many awards as possible.  Perform a scholarship search today to find financial aid that is free and highly valuable.


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