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College Scholarships for Children With a Deceased Parent

Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

College student on a scholarship.

College student on a scholarship.

There are many types of college scholarships, and most people think about the most popular such as academic and athletic. There are music, competition, and ethnic scholarships as well. There are a lot of students who want to attend college, but these students don't know what funds are available to them. There are scholarships awarded because of special circumstances - you just have to look for them. Have you ever heard of occupational scholarships? That's another article.

There are students who have lost a parent or maybe even lost both parents. There are scholarships for you. I've known of students who when they lost a parent decided to drop out of college to assist their family financially by getting a job. You don't have to do this because there are college scholarships for kids with a deceased parent. Parents want their children to be successful and if it were your parent or parents' dream for you to graduate from college, then let that dream for you be the driving force for you to graduate from college.

Aretta J. Graham Scholarship

  • If you are a student attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of ACES, this scholarship will be awarded to you if you have lost one or both parents.

David J. Ewing Scholarship

  • This scholarship is awarded to students of the University of North Texas who have lost a parent.

Families of Freedom

  • For students who lost a parent in the September 9/11 attacks this scholarship is for you.
Books purchased with scholarship funds.

Books purchased with scholarship funds.

LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program

  • If you write an essay or produce a video about how losing a parent has affected your life, this scholarship is for you. Make sure when telling your story to reiterate the effect of the loss of income has had on your family. Explain that the scholarship would help you to accomplish your goal of obtaining a degree, and how, you believe, that by having a college degree will assist you in becoming a participative citizen - a citizen that can be productive in society.

MaryEllen Locher Foundation

  • If your mother died from breast cancer or from complications of breast cancer, then this scholarship is for you.

Kid's Chance

  • Scholarships are available to students who have lost their parents due to work-place violence. I knew of a supervisor I worked with who lost a daughter due to work-place violence. This type of loss is something most people don't think about, but it happens. Over the years, we've heard reported by the news media that there have been shootings by disgruntled workers.
  • Kids' Chance, Inc. National Organization
    Kids' Chance, Inc. was created for the purpose of creating, assisting and supporting Kids' Chance organizations throughout the United States and other similar programs that provide educational opportunities and scholarships for the children of worker

Single Parent Home Scholarship

  • If you live in a single parent household - check out this scholarship. Unfortunately, single parent households appear to be on the rise, but there is financial aid for the children in these households who want to attend college.

Orphan Foundation of America

This foundation offers scholarships for youth in the foster care system.

Iris-Samuel Rothman Scholarship

This scholarship is applicable to male students who have lost both parents or who have lost their Mom and do not have their father in their lives.

Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship- Orphan

Widows and orphaned children are eligible for this scholarship.

Other Scholarships for Military children with deceased parents.

The Army Emergency Relief assists children of soldiers obtain a 4 year degree. The soldier may be retired, on active duty, or deceased.

Iowa War Orphans Scholarship

World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship - for individuals who lost their loved ones in one of the most horrific attacks on the United States of America.

All About Pink Scholarship

All About Pink Scholarship - for those with a parent who succumbed to breast cancer.


This scholarship fund supports the families of fire fighters and paramedics killed in the line of duty.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Grants

This foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

The Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship

Helping students attend college who have lost a parent.

Army Emergency Relief where the Army has been taking care of its own since 1942.

For scholarship information check out your state's Veterans' Affairs Office.

Forgotten Dependents Scholarship Program


Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on September 07, 2020:

The resources I've documented should assist you, and thanks for reading.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on September 07, 2020:

Yes, Paige. Please click on the active links that will lead you to the required information. Thank you for reading.

Norma Davis on May 28, 2020:

I lost my Dad as a result of a drunk driver. I plan to attend medical school. I graduate 2020 without my Dad. I am accepted to Duke Biomedical Masters program this fall. I need funds are there any survivor scholarships for me?

Sahmof2boys on May 02, 2020:

Hello Donna

I'm a widow mom of 2 who's on fixed income. My DS just committed to dream school. They provided scholarship but doesn't cover room & board. I'm in no position to apply for Parent Plus or co-sign on any loans because I have a of debt/expenses. Are there any scholarships he can qualify for. He's honor roll with GPA 4.5. Thanks in advance.

Paige on April 21, 2020:

My mom passed away in 2011 from a wreck is there any scholarships out there I can apply for?

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on April 12, 2020:

Hi Felissa, right now there would have to be some research on tuition options, and this would take quite a bit of time. This would most certainly be a great topic for some research. Thank you for reading.

Felissa Maria on April 10, 2020:

My father passed away my first year in pharmacy school. It was so hard that I decided to be held back so I can grieve and have time. I'm almost done with my program, and I'm looking for more opportunities to pay tuition. Please let me know if there is any that can apply for me. Tuition is different for ones who are in doctorate programs.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on April 06, 2020:

Hi Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I'll be putting more information out, so please keep an eye out for it. Blessings!

Sadie on March 18, 2020:

So my dad died a few years ago and I'm starting to look into colleges now that I am a sophomore. My father was not in the military, and that seems to be the only type of scholarships that I can really find for having a deceased father. I want to try and find some good scholarships for college, but I am kind of lost on where to really look for them.

R venkatesh on February 28, 2020:

My dad and mom both were died.i'm studying b tech then please grant scholarship to me.i have no income then grant to me a scholarship.thank you

Chi on February 05, 2020: I’m a widow raising my son alone he will be four tomorrow! Now that means school..I work paycheck to paycheck I do not get any assistance not even ssc my husband was young...they say I make to much..,I want my son in a good environment but that’s money I don’t have ... where to look for help? on January 06, 2020:

I’m texting for my granddaughter. She lost her father my son when she was seven years old she’s growing up a big part of her life alone with only her mother to try to do the best she can to support her and her little brother and a Tim Hortons job salary needless to say there’s very little room for money for a college education my granddaughter got a small pal Grant is in college now full-time and is working almost full-time to pay for her housing can you give me addresses of any scholarships that will be able to help her with her classes they’re expensive and she’s trying can you help all I need her email addresses or any kind of contact information for some of these above mentioned scholarships

Dhruvkumartalaviya on January 06, 2020:

My father is death is two month

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on November 17, 2019:

Hello Amilia, I'm so sorry that you lost your Mom, and please do review the information on scholarships - some just might apply to you. Thank you for reading.

Amilia on November 15, 2019:

my mom got murdered by her boyfriend in 2009 and i see everything i went throught alot of sadnees and depression but i manage to finish high school and ii am in college but i need help financially do i qualify for scholarship

belle on November 04, 2019:

Hi my mom passed away in 2017 of a heart attack i was 14 at the time she was a single mom and i just met my biological father do i qualify for a scholorship

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on October 12, 2019:

Yes, please do a deep dive into the information that is in this article and choose the right ones for you, and I am sorry that you lost your Dad in such a way.

Elaine on September 24, 2019:

Hi I lost my husband but was left life Insurance. Can my daughter still get aid? Thank you!

Myabarber on September 23, 2019:

My daddy died December 17,2011; he was killed by his girlfriend. I know live with my mama and my 2 sister. I was wondering are there any scholarships/grants for me. I live in Tennessee.

latedia on August 15, 2019:

hi my brother is trying to go to school both parents are dead

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 31, 2019:

I'm sorry you lost your Dad; please see what information in the article can assist you. God bless!

Marulasiddesh G R on July 30, 2019:

I need scholaeship to study i lost my dad

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 21, 2019:

Hello Jordan, there are many resources including the ones that I've listed. Sorry for your loss.

Jordan Dixon on July 20, 2019:

Hello. My name is Jordan and I a 19 year old that currently attends Macomb Community College in Michigan. I am planning to transfer this Fall to Wayne State University. Both of my parents passed away ( my mother from breast cancer when I was 10 and my father from heart failure when I was17 ). It has affected me drastically mentally and financially. I am an independent and I relied on FAFSA to help with my funding but I my tuition this semester for WSU turned out to be 21k/ year. So now I am in a very bad situation considering school is coming up in a little over a month. Are there any resources that you know or any advice that you can give. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 16, 2019:

Hi Amanda, your girls could start applying for college at the age of 17. Sorry to hear about the loss of their Dad. on July 14, 2019:

My granddaughter, entering the 12th grade, Mother died when she was for four years old. Her Dad and Grandmother (not living with her) have raised her and her younger brother and sister. She wants to go to college in Arkansas when she graduates in 2020.

Recently her father became a transgender and she has not understood these changes in her life.

Amanda on July 08, 2019:

Hello. I have 2 girls one is 16 and yhe other is 13. They lost their dad in a motorcycle accident this year. What age are they suppose to apply for a scholarship? They will need all the assistance they can get for college.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on March 19, 2019:

Hello Keala,

Please review the resources in this article and see if one is a fit for your child. Thank you for reading.

keala on March 15, 2019:

I live in Louisiana and my childs father was killed in jan of 2013. Ive been a single parent raising four children for 6 years and im looking for a scholarship that would benefit my child.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on February 23, 2019:

Yes, you can use some of the scholarship information listed here. Thanks for reading.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on December 16, 2018:

I'm so sorry to hear about your father.

linda on December 16, 2018:

my father died from cancer but the only scholarship for cancer is breast cancer from the mother?

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on November 09, 2018:

Hi Odessa, the information in this article will help your daughter, also I'm looking for more resources to add. Thanks for reading.

Odessa L Fletcher on October 29, 2018:

Hello I am interested in getting some help with various scholarships that would help my daughter with college. Her dad was violently murdered and I would like some information or guidance.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on October 04, 2018:

Hello Marti, I have no idea how you would proceed, but thanks for asking.

Marti Giambruno on October 04, 2018:

I have twin boys who are entering their 1st semester of their freshman year, 1 at FAU, and the other at Palm Beach State. Both have received Fed assistance, right now, 1 may qualify for bright futures. How do we proceed, and do these awards affect other additional awards? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on October 03, 2018:

Hi Charlie, good for you. Good luck with your college studies.

Charlie Frazier on October 02, 2018:

I lost my father in 2016 to a brain tumor. The last two years have been difficult. I plan to attend college in the fall.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on September 21, 2018:

Hello Dolores,

Some resources are listed within this article. Did you not see anything that could help?

Dolores on September 21, 2018:

Hello, My 19 year old College Freshman niece's father is deceased and her mother only works part time. Can you suggest available resources for her. Thanks

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on August 28, 2018:

Hello Kamika, my information would be great for you and your God-daughter. Thank you for reading my Hub.

Kamika on August 28, 2018:

Hi I'm looking for scholarships/grants for my God-daughter. Both of her parents are deceased. Her mom passed from cancer when she was 2 and her dad was murdered when she was 6. She has been an excellent student throughout school. She will be graduating a year early and she has half of her hours for her associate degree from the high school she attends. If anyone can give me any leads on how to move forward. I just found out that she will be graduating this year. So very proud of her but its crunch time. Any information can be emailed to

Kristine on August 27, 2018:

Hi Simone,

There are scholarships for individuals who have lost parents.

Simone on July 31, 2018:

Are there any scholarships for someone who lost a mother to cancer ? I can be reached at

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 23, 2018:

Hi Mary, have you reviewed the scholarship information? You can choose and investigate one or several of these. Thank you for reading.

Mary Hopkins on July 23, 2018:

My grandson lives with me, he is 18 and will be a High School Senior. His mother recently died from an accidental drug overdose. His father is retired military. What type of scholarships would be available to him?

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 11, 2018:

Hello Nick, yes there are grants, but you have to search them out. Thank you for asking.

Nick on July 11, 2018:

Are there grants for students whose had both parents killed by a drunk driver?

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on May 28, 2018:

Hello Jocelyn, I'm sorry for you loss. There are so many other scholarships other than the ones I've highlighted in my article. Bill Gates Scholarship, also please look into

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on March 03, 2018:

Hello Sophia, I'm not sure. I'm sorry to hear about your husband.

Sophia Johnson on March 03, 2018:

My husband was murdered in 2014. Are there any grants or funds out there for my child? My husband was murdered, he was a bail bondsman.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on August 26, 2017:

Hi David, I'm sure there are programs that are looking to provide scholarships for the 2018 school year, you just have to search for those programs.

David on August 26, 2017:


This is a wonderful program! I have a high school senior who wants to enroll in college in 2018. Do you know if the program will have funding for students who plan on enrolling in college for the 2018 school year?

Thank you.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on November 02, 2016:

Thank you for reading, and please do share this information. Blessings!

david on June 15, 2016:

This is some wonderful information. Thank you for sharing this.

Doreen on March 08, 2016:

This was a wonderful article. I did not know that there were monies out there for children whose parents were deceased. Thanks for sharing.

David on December 17, 2015:

This is some wonderful information. Thank you for sharing this.

Barbara Pope on July 13, 2015:

What a wonderful article. Did not know about scholarships for kids with a deceased parent.

numankhan on April 07, 2014:

hi,hope you will fine. am numan khan. i have lost my father. i,m reading in class 9th. my elder brother is also studying.please help me for supporting me financially.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on November 02, 2013:

Thanks Liz

Liz on October 31, 2013:

What great information - I'll be sharing this article with friends.

whitneyxox4 from usa on October 22, 2012:

great article very informative !

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 31, 2012:

Dear Amjad, as far as I know there are lots of organizations which offer assistance to families with a deceased parent, but what I have written about is for college students. I am sorry for the loss of your wife. You will have to research information on organizations that can help with medical and education for your young children. All the best to you.

Amjad on July 31, 2012:

Dear Sir/Madam,

This is Amjad. Currently, I am living in Peshawar, Pakistan. My kids (najid (m) & aroob (f) 5 years, nijad (m) 2 ½ years and their twin sisters 2 ½ months) lost their mother 2 ½ months before. Being their father, I’m having difficulties with their education and health expenses. Also, I have to fight a case registered against the doctors of shifa international hospital at Islamabad for death of my wife due to their negligence. Is there any relevant organization that can help me with any of the mentioned matters?

All the best,

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 20, 2012:

Hi Monica, I know some kids with a deceased parent who were having a hard time financially in college, so that's what made me write this. Thanks

monicamelendez from Salt Lake City on July 19, 2012:

It makes me happy that there are a lot of different possibilities for kids that are in this situation. Thanks for finding all of these and sharing. Hopefully it helps some young kids to get their educations!

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on July 08, 2012:

My heart goes out to you. I will pray that God heals your heart and give you peace.

deviney bennett on July 07, 2012:

i lost my biological father to suicide he was only 33. its been so hard on me personally. i miss him with all of my heart i have been deeply depressed in losing him :( ik how it is to lose a parent you love very dearly. i was also adopted :(

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on June 01, 2012:

You're welcome and thanks for reading.

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on June 01, 2012:

very informative hub.thank you kristine.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on June 01, 2012:

Thanks laadhy, I'll check it out.

laadhy from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth on May 31, 2012:

I have found a very good website which provide latest scholarship opportunities.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on May 19, 2012:

Steven, you'll have to visit the websites I gave and see if overdoses, accidents, or suicides of a parent are included. Children should not be penalized for how they lost a parent. Thanks for the question.

steven on May 18, 2012:

what about parents that died in accidents or overdoses or suicides!!

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on April 26, 2012:

Hi Estelle, God bless him and you! I pray he'll do well. I'm very glad you came across this information.

Estelle on April 26, 2012:

My son will be off to college less than two years now. He has two losses in his life. His father and his brother to cancer in the same year. He will be applying for scholarships to help pay for school. Thank you.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on January 31, 2012:

Hi Brett, a lot of people are unaware of certain funds for college. I am determined to uncover as many funds for college as I can. Thank you

Brett C from Asia on January 30, 2012:

Voted up and useful. I wish this had been around (or known of) when I was a kid. I went to work first and studied while working. Although it worked out well, it cost a lot and would have been far faster in a normal program.

Thanks for SHARING.

Kristine Manley (author) from Atlanta, GA on January 30, 2012:

Hi KrystalD, thanks.

Krystal from Los Angeles on January 30, 2012:

This was very informative. I will share this hub because I hope it gets in the hands of those that truly need to read it! Thanks for a great topic :)