Scholarships for Students with Deceased Parents

National Scholarships

  • All About Pink Scholarship - This scholarship is for the natural, adoptive or step child of a Breast Cancer survivor or parent who has succumbed to Breast Cancer.
  • Children of Fallen Patriots Grant - This is a grant program is for children who have lost a parent to combat or accidents.
  • Families of Freedom - This scholarship benefits financially needy dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners of 9/11 victims.
  • George Bartol Memorial Scholarship Fund – To be eligible for this scholarship you must have a parent battling a primary brain tumor or have a parent who has passed away as a result of a primary brain tumor. The tumor must have originated in the brain.

  • LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program - This scholarship program is for students who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is for students who are Leukemia/Lymphoma patients and/or are children of non-surviving Leukemia/Lymphoma patients.
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - This scholarship is for students pursuing first-time bachelor’s degree. It provides financial resources to the children of Marines and eligible Navy Corpsmen and those service people who were wounded, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Scholarships for Children of Active-duty Police and Firefighters - There are many scholarships listed for children and spouses of police and firefighters. Some scholarships are specifically for family members of deceased police and firefighters. 
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure College Scholarship Program - This scholarship is to help students who find attending college a significant financial burden due to the loss of a parent or guardian to breast cancer or their own breast cancer diagnosis at age 25 or younger.
  • The American Legion Legacy Scholarship - This scholarship is is offered to high school seniors and college students whose parents died in active duty in the military after September 11, 2001.


Local and Specialized Scholarships


  • Military Dependents Scholarship Program - This award is a waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled.


  • Pink Ribbon Scholarships - This scholarship is awarded a high school senior, from El Dorado County, California, who has experienced a cancer diagnosis in a member of their immediate family.




  • Kids' Chance Scholarship Program - This scholarship is for students between the ages of 17 and 22 years whose parent was seriously injured or died in a work related accident. The student must be a resident of Missouri.


  • Toledo Estate Planning Council Scholarship Fund - This fund is for graduates of high schools in northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan (born on or after August 1, 1987) with financial need and at least one deceased parent.  Not soliciting for new applicants in 2012.


  • Oregon Workers' Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is open to is open to a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student whose parent has suffered a serious job-related injury or death in the workplace.


  • Legacy of Learning Scholarship Program - provides educational assistance to spouses and children of workers who have lost their lives in work-related accidents. The deceased must have worked for a company that is insured by the Utah based Workers Compensation Fund (a non-profit mutual insurance company). Recipients can use their scholarship to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate degrees.


School Based Scholarships

  • Aretta J. Graham Scholarship - This scholarship is for students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who meet one of the following criteria listed in priority order: 1) students orphaned by the death of both or one of the student's parents; 2) students who live in a single parent household; and 3) students who are single parents.
  • Arnold Trust Fund Award - This scholarship is awarded to students who are orphans not over the age of 25 and who are residents of Linn County, Iowa and students at The University of Iowa.
  • Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship - This fund was created for students at Indiana University who are needy and deserving widows and children of men who, at their death, have left their widows and children without adequate means of support.
  • David J. Ewing Scholarship Fund - This scholarship is for students of the University of North Texas whose have a deceased parent(s) who died during their working years.
  • Eugene and Dora Androlonis Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to orphaned students or students who have financial need, who are residents of the community of Shenandoah, Pa., or its vicinity and will attend Millersville University.
  • The Barbara S. Iannacone Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is for students at the Penn State, Brandywine Campus. Preference is given to full-time students who manifest promise of outstanding academic success and who have overcome adversity. First preference is given to students who have suffered the loss of a father.
  • The Iris-Samuel Rothman Scholarship - This scholarship is for young men who have lost both parents. Also eligible is a young man who has lost his mother AND does not have a father available to him. It is for students currently enrolled in or having been accepted to a New England college or university.