Scholarships & Wish Granting

Scholarships & Wish Granting

There are several local and national scholarship and wish-granting opportunities for children and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant. Additional details, application dates and requirements are available through the links below.

  • Students who have experienced the death of someone significant are encouraged to apply for the Curtis J. FitzSimmons, M.D. Memorial Scholarship through the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Secondary preference is given to students who participated in one of Mourning Hope's grief support programs.

  • Underwritten by the New York Life Foundation, the National New York Life Award offers $1,000 scholarships to six students whose works explore personal grief and loss. Sharing your story through art or writing can heal you and your community. Enter your work to any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

  • This program offers current campers and alumni of Eluna’s bereavement program, Camp Erin, the opportunity to receive financial support in the form of educational scholarships. The awarded applicant will receive on a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Applicants must be a current high school senior, recent high school graduate, or current first-year student at a post-high school program, and must be planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical school.

  • 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.

  • Memories For Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create lifelong memories for children who have a parent with stage IV cancer.

  • 1 in 20 Children Loses a Parent Before Turning 16. Inheritance of Hope uniquely serves these children and their families with legacy development resources and community support. Their signature offering is the life-changing Legacy Retreat®, an all-expenses-paid experience where families create lifelong memories and receive tools to navigate the challenges of terminal illness.

  • Kids’ Chance of Nebraska provides post-secondary and trade school scholarships to the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely or fatally injured in an employment-related accident.