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Please note that Mommy's Light does not administer these scholarships.  Any inquiries about them should be made directly to the foundations or groups offering the scholarship.  


Scholarships Available to Maternally Bereaved Children:

Life Lessons Essay Contest

The LIFE Foundation sponsors the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent or guardian impacted their lives are eligible for $65,000 in scholarship money. 

NY Life Award

The New York Life Foundation along with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers offers yearly Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Teens in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to submit their works of art and writing that deal with loss and bereavement.  Six winners will be selected to receive $1,000 scholarships and top works will be shown as part of the annual national exhibition in June.  

Kids' Chance of PA

Kids' Chance of PA offers scholarships for postsecondary education to PA students who have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as the result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the PA Workers Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. 


Scholarships Available to Children of Breast Cancer Patients:

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Awards five scholarships up to $10,000 per year to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are 25 years old or younger and who have lost a parent to breast cancer. 

Mary Ellen Locher Foundation 

Awards scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 per year to students who are accepted as full-time enrollees at an accredited 2 or 4 year college who  have lost a parent to either breast cancer, or complications resulting from breast cancer, or have a parent who has survived breast cancer.

Pink Rose Foundation

Awards $1,000 scholarships to US residents under the age of 25 who have lost a parent or guardian to breast cancer.  Recipients must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be pursuing post-secondary education or a certificate program.

Coalition Against Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund

This $1,000 scholarship was created to ease the emotional and financial burden experienced by the increasing number of children who have lost a parent/relative to breast cancer, or whose parent/relative is currently experiencing breast cancer or are children of breast cancer survivors. For the 2009/2010 academic year, the scholarship was only accepting renewal applications.

Scholarships Available to Children of Cancer Patients:

Athletes Kicking Cancer

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who will be playing their sport in college and has a parent who is fighting or who has fought cancer in the past 4 years.

Orange County Community Foundation - Michael A. Hunter Scholarship

Up to 7 students nationwide are awarded $1,000 to $2,500 through this scholarship for graduating high school seniors, community college, and four-year university students who are leukemia or lymphoma patients and/or are children of non-surviving leukemia or lymphoma patients.

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship is available to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer. The parent or guardian must have been diagnosed while the applicant was between the ages of 15 and 35. Applicants must be age 35 or younger at the time of application and be currently attending or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, university or vocational program (including graduate and professional schools).   This scholarship is available to residents of Washington, D.C.,  Maryland and Virginia or students from another state, attending or planning to attend an educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to residents of Washington, D.C.,  Maryland and Virginia or students from another state, attending or planning to attend an educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.  The scholarship is awarded to a college student who has lost a parent to cancer, or has a parent currently fighting cancer.

George Bartol Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to help aid students who have a parent battling a primary brain tumor or students who have lost a parent to a primary brain tumor. The scholarships are for $3,000 and applicants can re-apply each year. 

Barbara Palo Foster Memorial Scholarship Award

This $2,500 national scholarship, specifically for students planning to study nursing, is available to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer.

No Wooden Nickels

Provides scholarship assistance to students of cancer families to help offset the expense of continuing an education, acquiring a trade or needed skill, or other academic-related expenses.

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund

These $1000 scholarships are awarded to one senior at each of the five comprehensive high schools in El Dorado County, California. (El Dorado HS, Golden Sierra HS, Oak Ridge HS, Ponderosa HS and Union Mine HS).  The applicant must have an immediate family member with any cancer diagnosis.

Scholarships Available to Children of Parents with a Life-Threatening Illness:

Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship

This $1000 scholarsphip is awarded to a college-bound high school senior who is living with a terminally ill parent and who demonstrates a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise.


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