College Scholarships for Children With a Deceased Parent

Updated on March 9, 2018
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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.

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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 Hub.

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.

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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.

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 scholarships 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 elligible 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.

Perfect Memorials

Perfect Memorials, which has been providing unique and affordable memorial products to families since 2001, wants to help students who have experienced a personal loss take the next step in their lives. The Perfect Memorials “Living With Loss” scholarship will award at least one $1,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is planning to enroll in an accredited college program.


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      Donna Kristine 3 weeks ago from Atlanta, GA

      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

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      Donna Kristine 3 months ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      Sophia Johnson 3 months ago

      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.

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      Donna Kristine 9 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      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.

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      David 9 months ago


      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.

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      Donna Kristine 19 months ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      david 2 years ago

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

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      Doreen 2 years ago

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

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      David 2 years ago

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

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      Barbara Pope 2 years ago

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

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      numankhan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Liz

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      Liz 4 years ago

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

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      whitneyxox4 5 years ago from usa

      great article very informative !

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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.

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      Amjad 5 years ago

      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,

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      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!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      deviney bennett 5 years ago

      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 :(

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You're welcome and thanks for reading.

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      Anoop Aravind A 6 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      very informative hub.thank you kristine.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks laadhy, I'll check it out.

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      laadhy 6 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

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

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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.

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      steven 6 years ago

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

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      Estelle 6 years ago

      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.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      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

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      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.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi KrystalD, thanks.

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      Krystal 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      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 :)


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