The loss of a parent or guardian is one of life’s most difficult ordeals. The emotional strain can be devastating to children and young adults. And for too many families, an untimely death also brings financial stress, making recovery all the more difficult.
A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance.
Life insurance is an important financial safety net that parents can leave their families. Unfortunately nearly 100 million Americans don’t have life insurance, and most with coverage have far less than recommended.
Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual 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 impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. Over a million dollars in college scholarships have been awarded over the years. The total of scholarships for the 2018 Program is $150,000, and will be allocated in the following amounts:
- Grand Scholarship recipients (4): $15,000
- Life Lessons Pacific Life $15,000 Scholarship (4)
- Life Lessons State Farm $12,500 Scholarship (2)
- Life Lessons Allstate $5,000 Scholarship (2)
- Life Lessons MIB Group, Inc. $5,000 Scholarship (2)
- Life Lessons LIDMA $5,000 Scholarship (1)
- Life Lessons Partners Financial $5,000 Scholarship (1)
- Life Lessons Windsor Insurance $5,000 Scholarship (1)
- Board of Directors $5,000 Scholarship (1)
- Life Lessons $5,000 Scholarship (6)
Note to Students
The Life Lessons Scholarship Program is an annual program. Applications are accepted online from February 1 to March 2. Scholarship recipients will be notified in the June timeframe.
Entering is easy. First, read the rules to make sure you qualify, and then enter online. In addition to some basic information, you’ll need to submit either a 500-word essay OR a 3-minutes video discussing how the death of your parent or guardian affected your life financially and emotionally. Be sure to describe how the loss of your parent/guardian impacted your college plans, and explain how the lack of adequate life insurance coverage (or no coverage at all) impacted your family’s financial situation. To view the full description you can go to the application page here.
If you have any questions, please email scholarship(at)lifehappens(dot)org, or call (703) 888-4440 x4447.
Donate to the Life Lessons Scholarship Fund
Individual contributions are accepted from those wishing to support this important initiative. Your financial support can make a world of difference for a young person struggling to afford a college education due to the loss of a parent or guardian. Donations to the Life Lessons Fund are tax-deductible.
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Life Lessons Scholarship is proudly sponsored in part by the following organizations.
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What we are looking for
Our judging process will reward two main attributes in the submissions received: fresh thinking and a clear, compelling writing style. We are looking for entries that everyone will want to read.
Subject and Theme
The theme for the 2016 competition is Connecting Politics With People
Fact or fiction?
Entries should be written in prose in the English language. You can submit essays or short stories, factual commentary or fiction – whichever way and whichever writing style you choose to communicate your ideas. Just make it compelling.
Who can enter?
Everyone is welcome. Any one individual may submit up to three entries.
What to submit
Essays should be aimed at a general readership and should be non-technical. No footnotes or citations are allowed.
Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words.
Essays may have been published before provided you have the necessary permissions to re-publish.
DO NOT USE THE THEME TITLE AS THE TITLE OF YOUR ESSAY. BE CREATIVE.
But English is not my first language!
Don’t worry. We are mainly after clearly presented ideas not language perfection. If your essay reaches the finalists, we will help with editing the language.
When and how to submit
Submissions for the 2016 competition are now open. Deadline for submission is 30th September 2016.
Entry to the competition is free of charge.
Please ensure that you visit our submissions page and read the submission guide. Entries that do not follow the submission guide will not be accepted.
Copyright for all submissions remain with the authors. In submitting their work, authors grant the Web of Life Foundation an irrevocable license to print, publish, distribute and publicize the submitted work.
All submissions are subject to our standard Terms and Conditions
Submit your entry!