Top Scholarships for Kids with Deceased Parents

When faced with the loss of a parent or guardian, and the financial support that had been provided, many students assume the opportunity to attend college is stripped away from them. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Many organizations offer scholarships and grants to students in this exact situation so that they can continue on with their higher education and fulfill their family’s dreams.

If you have faced the loss of a parent, here are scholarships that can help you pay for college:

Forgotten Dependents Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students between the ages of 16 and 25 who have experienced the death of a biological parent. Students who are children of deceased active duty veterans or those missing in action and believed to be deceased are also eligible. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be US citizens and be unmarried.

Deadline: April 1

LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open to college students who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian. An essay about how the death of a parent or guardian impacted their lives is required.

Check with scholarship provider for 2012 deadline.

Through the Looking Glass Scholarship
This scholarship is graduating high school seniors and college students 21 years old or younger who have at least one parent with a disability or medical condition.

Deadline: March 5

All About Pink Scholarship
This scholarship is for high school seniors or currently enrolled college freshman whose parent is suffering from breast cancer, a survivor of breast cancer, or has succumbed to the disease.  A personal interview with each of the top finalists may be conducted as part of the selection process.

Deadline: March 25

W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship
This is a college scholarship for sons, daughters, and legally adopted children of fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty.

Check with scholarship provider for 2012 deadline.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Grants
These grants are for college students who have lost a parent in the line of military duty. Award amounts are based on individual needs and available funding.

Deadline: There is no deadline for application – decisions are made throughout the year and in a timely fashion upon receipt of the necessary documents.

Police Family Survivors Fund Scholarship 
This is a renewable* scholarship is for surviving sons and daughters of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school graduates and be attending a traditional four-year college, university, technical, or vocational educational institution.

Check with scholarship provider for 2012 deadline.

Legacy of Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is for spouses and children of workers who have lost their lives in work-related compensable industrial accidents insured with the Workers Compensation Fund. Scholarship recipients can use their scholarship to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate degrees.

Check with scholarship provider for 2012 deadline.

*Renewable scholarships offer you the opportunity, following the scholarship provider’s guidelines, to receive the scholarship amount over multiple years of schooling.

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Original Post Date: February 8th, 2012

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