When thinking about how to spend precious federal funding to support college students, one of the highest priorities is given to children who have lost their parents or children who have no parents. In addition to various federal opportunities, many individual colleges, universities, and private organizations also pour funding into scholarships to help support college-bound students who do not have parents who can help them with funding. Below is a list of some scholarships that are open to students who do not have parents:
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides a number of different scholarships to students who are orphans. The grants range in value from $2,500 to $10,000 and are renewable for a second year. The lowest award, $2,500, is used to help students afford an internship or a study abroad experience. The $5,000 award is for undergraduate students and the $10,000 award is available for graduate students. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.jkcf.org/foundation-awards-500000-grant-to-orphan-foundation-of-america/.
Kreager Family Scholarship for Orphans is open to students who are in their last year of high school in Kalamazoo County. The student must plan to enroll in an accredited university and can attend either pat-time or full-time. Students must show financial need, which is based on their FAFSA application. Additional information can be found here: http://www.kalfound.org/Scholarships/ScholarshipSearch/tabid/230/s/1274/Default.aspx.
Orphan Foundation of America Scholarship Program provides scholarships to orphans based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. The actual amount of the scholarships varies based on cost of attendance. In order to be eligible for this award, students must have been in foster care for at least one year before their 18th birthday or must have received a foster care placement after they turned 16 years old, or must have been without parents for the year preceding their 18th birthday. Furthermore, only students under the age of 15 and those who have been accepted into an accredited college or university are eligible. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: http://ittakesanohana.org/2011/01/orphan-foundation-of-america-scholarship-program/.
Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program provides full tuition coverage to students who are Ohio residents, under the age of 25, who had a parent died or become disabled as a result of their service to the state of Ohio. Students who attend an eligible in-state college of a full-time basis can receive a free education. Students who opt to attend a private college can receive up to $5,667 per year. Additional information can be found here: https://www.ohiohighered.org/ohio-war-orphans.
LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program provides awards between $5,000 to $15,000 to students who have a parent who is deceased. The scholarship aims to reduce the financial burden that an unexpected or early death can cause for the student. Students can apply for this award anytime between February and June. The applications must be completed online. The competition entails writing a 500-word essay or compiling a video that does not exceed 3 minutes, related to how losing a parent has affected the student’s financial and emotional situations. Additional information can be found here: http://www.lifehappens.org/life-lessons-scholarship-program/.