Scholarships for Kids with a Deceased Parent

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Kids with only single mothers or fathers are lucky enough to have support they need in life to attend college, find work, & all emotional support they need. However, life is tougher for kids who have deceased parents and no one to turn to. When it comes time to pay for education costs, kids with single moms or deceased parents are often left at financial hardship because they don’t have anyone to support them financially. Our aim on this website is to provide information on financial help for single mothers. Apart from that, in this article, we will overview scholarships available for kids with deceased parents.

There are different scholarships available for kids with deceased parents. There are scholarships specific to the cause of death of the parents e.g. lung cancer, breast cancer, tuberculosis, etc. Other scholarships are dependent on catastropic events such as Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, etc. And most other scholarships are need based, for low income households with deceased parents.


i) Life Lessons Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the Life Foundation, the Life Lessons scholarship recognizes the adversity that young people face when their parents become deceased & all the financial stress they have to handle. In order to be a helping hand for such people, the foundation awards a total of $105,000 to many scholarship recipients who submit essays or videos of how the decease of a parent has impacted or changed their lives. The top recipient gets a financial grant of $10,000. Video & essay scholarship recipients get a mix of $5,000 and $2,500 awards.

To be eligible, applicants must be citizen of the United States between the ages of 17 to 24. They must also have a deceased parent. The written essay must be no more than 500 words or 3 minutes of video describing the emotional & financial challenges that you have faced being an orphan. Entry must be in English and must be original. You must also have been accepted in to a good college or university in your State. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the winner’s college, and not personally. Application deadlines are usually around April 15th of each year. Applications for 2010 scholarships have ended, to submit an application for the 2011 year, visit the website below around March 2011.


Phone#: (202) 464-5000

ii) Forgotten Dependents Scholarship
Forgotten Dependents is a non-profit organization that helps young people who have lost their biological parents pay for college education & books. Apart from that, the organization supports kids who have lost their parents who served in the military and thus were war veterans. The website below has a motto: children are our future; let’s unlock their potential.

You must also submit a written essay of 500 words or more telling about your goals in life & your personal information. You must also submit:

– Official high school transcripts
– Letter of acceptance from a 4 year college or university
– Copy of death certificate of your parent
– One or two reference letters from a past teacher, coach or employera
– Document showing your relationship to the deceased

Scholarships are given to single US citizens between the ages of 16 to 25 only. Winners are announced in June of each year. Visit their website below for loads more information & to download the application form.

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