Scholarships for Students Who Have Lost a Parent

Losing a parent is difficult. It can cause emotional and financial stress for a family. To help students who have experienced loss, there are scholarships available for students who have lost a parent.

AFP&CC Scholarship
Sponsor: American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens
Amount: Up to $1,000 per year for up to four years
Closing Date: No deadline
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are the surviving son or daughter of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

American Police Hall of Fame Educational Scholarship
Sponsor: American Police Hall of Fame
Amount: $1,000 per year for up to four years
Closing Date: No Deadline
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are a surviving son or daughter of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others
Sponsor: Delaware Department of Education
Amount: Tuition and fees at your college (see website for specific details)
Closing Date: Completed application is due 6-8 weeks before classes begin
Description: Program is open to residents of the state of Delaware between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age whose parent was a resident of Delaware at the time of death or declaration of mission in action or prisoner of war status.

LNESC Emergency Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. | Macy’s
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: Rolling
Description: Scholarship is open to students facing economic hardship, such as change in family income/support, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary or fire. Applicant must be a resident of California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, or Texas and enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships
Sponsor: Foster Care to Success
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; or have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; or have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted. Applicant must be under the age of 25 and have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college for undergraduate study.

SFM Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: SFM Foundation
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate students in Minnesota and Iowa who are a dependent of a worker injured or killed in a work-related accident during the course and scope of employment in their state.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Sponsor: The American Legion
Amount: Up to $20,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to children of fallen post-9/11 service members, and VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50 percent or higher. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or current college student.

Army Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Army Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to sons, daughters, or spouses of regular active duty, active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing, OR sons or daughters of former U.S. Army members who received an honorable discharge or medical discharge, or who were killed while serving in the U.S. Army. Applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered undergraduate student.

Wunderglob Scholarship
Sponsor: The Gloria Borges Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have lost a parent to colorectal cancer.

Family Fellowship
Sponsor: Together We Rise + Fund II Foundation
Amount: Up to $90,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students who have been in foster care while living in the United States. Applicant must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 13th birthday OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.

KCVA Scholarship
Sponsor: Kids Chance of Virginia (KCVA)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students between the ages of 16 and 25 who are children of a parent whose work related injury in Virginia caused a significant decline in family income and circumstances. Applicant must be an incoming or current college student.

NCJW | LA Scholarship Program
Sponsor: National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to students who live and attend school in the Greater Los Angeles area, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura Counties. Applicant must be trying to better their lives through education in the aftermath of trauma, loss and other setbacks. There are scholarships open to all majors and specific scholarships for non-traditional students, parents, nursing majors, education majors, and Film/Television/Cinema/Theater majors.

Families of Freedom Scholarship
Sponsor: Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: May 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to dependent children, spouses or domestic partners of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers; World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors; and relief workers and visitors; and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts. Applicant must be an incoming or current college student.

Legacy Scholarship Program
Sponsor: National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are 18-35 and have lost a parent or guardian to cancer. An exception will be made if you are 17 years of age and entering college in the fall of 2019.

Encore Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Encore Protection
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: May 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently attending or have been accepted to an accredited college or university. Applicant must be the victim of a drunk driving accident or the child, dependent or spouse of a victim of a drunk driving accident.

Robert J. Trace Scholarship
Sponsor: The American Legion – Department of Pennsylvania
Amount: $500
Closing Date: May 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students 15 to 18 years of age who reside within the state of Pennsylvania. Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire, decease Pennsylvania Legionnaire, or a child of a Pennsylvania soldier who was killed as a result of the war on terrorism.

Global First Responders Scholarship
Sponsor: First Responders Children’s Foundation
Amount: $20,000 over four years
Closing Date: July 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to children of law enforcement officers or firefighters who either died or became permanent disabled in the line of duty who is a graduating high school senior/incoming college freshmen. Preference for this award will be given to an eligible student who is from or resides and attends school in the New York Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT).

Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation
Amount: $20,000 over four years
Closing Date: July 1, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen who are children of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship
Sponsor: Mississippi State Office of Financial Aid
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled full-time at the undergraduate level at any state-supported (public) college or university in Mississippi. Applicant must be a certified dependent child (under the age of 23) or spouse of any Mississippi law enforcement officer, full-time firefighter or volunteer firefighter who suffered fatal injuries or wounds or became permanently and totally disabled which occurred in the performance of the official and appointed duties of his or her office.

Death/Disability Scholarships
Sponsor: Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: Ongoing
Description: Scholarships are awarded children of members of Camden County’s public safety personnel who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The amount of this scholarship shall include books, required scholastic fees and a sum for tuition equal to the highest tuition charged by New Jersey State Colleges to be determined annually.

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