Life Lessons Scholarship Program


March 01, 2024

Awards Available: 40

  • Scholarship Description
  • 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. 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.

    The Life Lessons Scholarship Program is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who are between 17 and 24 years of age, have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian, and are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a college, university or trade school within the fifty United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. Employees of Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (“Life Happens” or “Sponsor”), KWT Global, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, and promotion agencies, and any such employee’s immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a scholarship.
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Darius G.W  on 3/5/2022 10:15:17 PM

This scholarship would change my college life and severely help me financially! I'm yet to apply for the scholarship because this is sooooo hard for me to write! I lost my father (My Superman) a chemical engineer and hazmat emergency worker due to colon cancer in 2015 after a five-year battle. My mother did everything she could to help save his life, using every dime saved and becoming his full-time caregiver. Stopping her life to save him and our family. My dad was a workaholic, he worked for a company called, EQ Environmental Quality Inc, which did nothing to help then nor after my father's passing. My dad waited for forty years to have his only child and son. He was a hard worker who saved many lives and I would love to have him here with me to see that I'm working hard to keep my promise and my end of our manly bargain. To do my best including going and completing a college career and becoming the first male to graduate. Devastated with a shattered heart, I/we lost our "Superman". I made my dad (parents) a promise to always do my best. I guess this is the start of beginning this Scholarship...I'm going to apply right now! Thanks in advance for allowing us to post comments and giving a jump start!

Jadaya Asor-Sallaah  on 2/5/2021 12:39:43 PM

Hello my name is Jadaya Asor-Sallaah. I attend a 4 year university and my major is in nursing. I am student that try’s very hard in school and my gpa is a 4.0 . Unfortunately my mom passed away during my senior year in 2020 . My mom passed away from cancer and sadly didn’t see me get my high school diploma or to see attend my first year at college. This scholarship would mean everything to me. As a student with one parent anything will help . By getting the change to apply for this scholarship will be amazing and very much appreciated.

Junel B  on 1/31/2021 12:48:58 AM

To say that I am interested in this scholarship is a complete understatement. This opportunity is one that I would testify about. When everything seemed hopeless, I found myself googling scholarships and God led me to this page. My mom passed away when I was in grade 10. Since then, it have been my dad, my three other siblings and myself. Things are not easy. We are barely staying afloat. It feels as though we are in a sinking sand; going under and under and under. I just got an email from my institution reminding me of the tuition to be paid and I don’t have the first dollar. I can’t see where it will come from. I’m more than desperate. I don’t think that I can find the right adjectives to describe how much I’m in need. If there was a way for you to search my heart then that’s how you’d truly understand my need for this opportunity. My mere words are not enough. My dad’s job is basically hand to mouth and he only work 3 days a week. My mom did not have any insurance so he had to bare the cost of her death on his own. This has affected me emotionally because at least if my mom was here and I was in this crisis I’d have her to whisper "everything will be okay" with her small, still voice. After her death I felt as though I would give up on my dreams because mine was also hers, but I kept fighting and pushing through until I made it to the last semester of third year. Only 1 year to go after completing this semester to make it through. I’ve come this far by faith and I can’t give up now. I refuse to let all the sacrifices, the sleepless nights, and every tear go down the drain. All I need is your help to continue pursing my dream. Helping me will also eliminate one of the many burdens off my dad.

Ryan Cayuso  on 1/14/2021 11:34:13 AM

My father was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was in 3rd grade and he lost his battle with this horrific disease when I was in 7th grade. Both my parents were hardworking blue collar workers. My mom a teacher and my dad worked evening security and his second job was as a handyman. My parents did not have life insurance and his sickness and disability and later death took a tremendous toll on our families ability to make ends meet. We have struggled ever since. I have aspirations to be go to medical school and financially this can not happen with out assistance.

Isa F  on 12/8/2020 7:38:08 AM

The scholarship would help my mother and I greatly. My father had passed away when I was about 11 and my mother is a single mother of 3 kids. I plan on attend college to be a nurse and that's a lot of money for nursing school. By having this opportunity to apply for this scholarship is truly a blessing.

Sydney  on 12/5/2020 11:13:30 AM

I lost my dad when I was 16. He passed due to years of drug abuse. I am wanting to apply for this scholarship because my dream was to go to college and better myself and help others with the same struggles as I had. I grew up with my mom, who worked all the time to try to provide for me and help in anyway she could. This scholarship would help me so much!

yuniva silvas  on 11/30/2020 5:20:31 PM

this scholarship could really boost and help with my education and get started with what i want to do in life and have a better future

Krista Harper  on 10/6/2020 2:58:42 PM

This would help me with my schooling because I had lost my biological parents before the age of 15. I have to pay for my own college now and I’m struggling to pay that so this grant would help me so much. I just want to be able to make my parents proud of me. I would believe I am eligible for this since I lost my parents before the age of 15 because of drugs. I hope I am picked because I am indeed of serious help. I only have a part time job to help me for school.

Parijat Konwar  on 9/1/2020 8:53:08 PM

This would really help me with finishing my University since my father passed away my mom doing hard work since 2001

Salome F  on 7/29/2020 9:56:33 PM

I believe I am eligible for this scholarship since my father passed away at a young age. the primary householder suddenly diseased without leaving an inheritance. since I was 14 years old I have been helping my family pay bills. this scholarship would definitely be great support in helping me pay my college tuition. nevertheless, forever appreciated.

Hailey Bangert  on 7/16/2020 4:51:50 PM

I would like to apply for this scholarship. I lost my dad when I was three years old to a motorcycle accident. I grew up with a single mom, one household income, and huge dreams.

Keilani L  on 5/28/2020 1:53:32 AM

I applied for this scholarship because I lost my mother to cervical cancer. She was a single-mother and supported me and my brothers on her own. She didn't have life insurance but she instilled a massive amount of strength in me to pursue my dream even without her.

Jaheir White  on 5/17/2020 10:36:52 PM

I am interested in this scholarship because I only have my mom unfortunately i was unable to get scholarships for the school I am going to I’ve have lost 2 major people in my life through all 4 years of Highschool freshman year i lost a major male figure my step dad which then just left it me and my mom and junior year I lost my grandfather another major male in my life my mom dad it left me to have no male figure in my life and just have my mom so now I have no male figure to talk to I do all I can for my mom I’m doing football and finishing school for my mind because if I can do something for her it is going to college and getting through it this scholarships will help me and her both please this scholarship is needed

Zedekiah T  on 4/15/2020 10:51:27 PM

I am very interested in this scholarship because everyone has a story and it makes everybody original. But this scholarship will help me in college and help me pursue on who i want to become.

Samantha Santiago  on 4/2/2020 1:42:33 PM

I am interested in this scholarship because I lost my mother at the age of 16 due to cancer and financially I cannot afford to go to college and unfortunately I do not get much help from my other family members. Since my mothers death, it has been very hard and I have been struggling with my other family members.

Anthony v  on 3/11/2020 12:01:02 AM

I need this scholarship because my dad passed away When I was very young and I never had the opportunity to go to college and fulfill my dream due to the financial impact it caused us.

Anthony v  on 3/11/2020 12:00:21 AM

I need this scholarship because my dad passed away When I was very young and I never had the opportunity to go to college and fulfill my dream due to the financial impact it caused us.

Sarah H  on 3/1/2020 5:37:28 PM

I am interested in this scholarship because I really need the funds to pay for college, which I would be starting this fall.

Joushua P  on 2/5/2020 4:53:51 PM

This would really help me with finishing school since my father passed away I've had to pay for all of college out of my pocket that I worked hard for and having this scholarship would really relief some of the financial struggle I have trying to pay for school.

Miracle A Dykes  on 2/5/2020 7:04:30 AM

I am very interested in this scholarship because it can help me share my story to others as a inspirational to many people.

Emily L  on 1/24/2020 9:00:30 AM

This is exactly the type of scholarship I've been looking for. My dad passed last year from cancer and it's still heartbreaking. Not only has it hurt my family emotionally, we've also been struggling financially since he was the sole breadwinner. FAFSA doesn't seem to relent at all since they still count his past income and our social security checks as money we can spend on college.

Salenia G  on 10/2/2019 6:09:36 PM

I was wondering if you could apply for this essay even if your parent didn’t die but if one of your parents almost died an was in a coma an has brain damage an will be a kid for the rest of his life I was wondering if I could use that as a life lesson for this type of essay

Gerald  on 7/4/2019 1:49:41 AM

I really need this scholarship but I have question of whether it applies to us also who are in Africa or it is restricted to Americans?!

Lar’Travia  on 4/4/2019 6:50:57 PM

I need this scholarship because both my parents have passed. My mom at 3 and my father at 15. So me and my little brother have been struggling on our own living with relatives.

Makayla B  on 3/1/2019 3:08:37 PM

I need this scholarship because my Grandmother has been taking care of me and my brother. she works three jobs trying to make ends me. she has put her life on hold to raise me and my brother. I would love to take the stress off of her because my grandmother didn't have to take me and my brother in but she did and that is why Im grateful to the Lord for giving me a wonderful grandmother that loves me and my brother.

David P.  on 3/1/2019 2:28:35 PM

Thank you! I really need this scholarship to fulfill my father's dream for me.

Emily-Mae Zierke  on 12/30/2018 5:18:43 PM

This scholarship is important because it gives everyone the chance to write about the events that truly altered their lives.

latosha c  on 11/29/2018 2:30:41 PM

I need this scholarship because my mom is working hard by herself to take care of me and my brother.

Allie C  on 2/21/2017 1:31:04 PM

I don't deserve this scholarship because of hard times I have been through. I deserve this scholarship because I have defied the odds of my situation.

Morgan B  on 12/7/2016 10:21:37 PM

I think this is a great prompt for a scholarship. My father died from cancer and now my mom runs her own business while being in college to support me and my younger sister.

Aaron H  on 1/6/2016 3:38:16 PM

I need this scholarship because my mom is disabled and divorced.

Tamia T  on 12/5/2015 9:57:21 AM

Great scholarship. Just a little personnel...

Angela B  on 10/20/2015 10:36:31 AM

I need this scholarship because my father made his transition and my mother is a single parent of three.

Tony W  on 8/31/2015 11:46:13 PM

I need this scholarship because my mom is single and disabled

Jamie M  on 3/1/2012 11:30:57 PM

this is the best scholarship program i have seen, and a good way to do it! i was young when i lost my father and its been 4 years and still hurts... i appreciated just even writing about it and getting it off my chest and see how much i have changed! so thank you life

Tiffany M  on 12/15/2009 6:48:47 PM

LIFE refers to the company's name, its a life insurance company