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 $2,500 scholarships/travel stipends to ten students whose works explore death and personal grief. Sharing your story of loss through art and/or writing can be a healing experience for both yourself and others. Work is entered into any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Included is a personal statement on how your work explores your personal experience with grief and bereavement.

  • Up to $25,000.00 annually is available in funding, depending on an eligible applicant’s academic focus, student status, and other criteria. Applicants must be a spouse, domestic partner, or child of a healthcare worker, volunteer, or support staff whose life was lost in the fight against COVID-19.

  • The Peter DeGeorge Family Foundation Scholarship Program is offered to one eligible current camper or alumni of Eluna's bereavement program, Camp Erin, each year. The awarded applicant will receive an educational scholarship in the amount of $3,000.

  • Funded by the Ronald A. Mincio Education Fund, current campers or alumni of Eluna's bereavement program, Camp Erin, have the opportunity to receive financial support in the form of a $3,000 educational scholarship. Eligible applicants must have a household member with a military affiliation.

  • 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. Applicants must be between 17 and 24 years of age. Applications are accepted each year from February 1 to March 1.

  • 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. Submit a nomination by clicking the link above.

  • 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.

  • Awarded annually to a college-bound high school senior who is living with a terminally ill parent and who demonstrates a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise.

  • Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising educational funds for children of Nebraska workers affected by severe or fatal work-related injuries. Post-secondary and trade school scholarships are available for applicants ages 16 and 25 years of age.