It’s not often that we get to help a person in need with a simple click of a mouse—so here’s your chance. The three young students profiled here have had to struggle financially and put dreams on hold because of the death of a parent who had inadequate or no life insurance.
The nonprofit LIFE Foundation is sponsoring an online vote to help determine which of three students will receive $5,000 to help pay for their college education. The two runners-up in the vote will receive scholarships in the amount of $2,500.
Joshua Gleim; Altoona, Pa. – Joshua’s stepfather was his family’s sole breadwinner. When he died, the only life insurance he had was a policy purchased through his business to keep it going in the event of his premature death. His family was left with almost nothing, not even the means to pay for his funeral. Joshua immediately started working to help support his family. During his high school years, he worked full time in addition to studying and pursuing extracurricular activities. Today, he attends Penn State University and works in a fast-food restaurant to help put himself through school.
Skyler Baird; Draper, Utah – When Skyler’s father died, he left behind his wife and three children, but no life insurance to cushion the financial blow to his family. His business died when he did, further exacerbating the family’s financial struggles. Skyler isn’t letting this get in the way of his college aspirations, even though he knows that paying for his education will be difficult. He plans to attend the University of Utah this fall. He’s also committed to publicly sharing his father’s story to inspire other families to plan more wisely.
Mahogany Fleming; Cincinnati, Ohio – Mahogany was just one year old when her father was shot and killed, leaving her mother to raise Mahogany on her own. Without the financial support of a life insurance policy, her mother was forced to work three jobs at times, and still struggled to make ends meet. Despite the financial hardships her family has faced, Mahogany is determined to obtain a college degree in musical theater and business. She’s currently attending a career high school where she will receive her cosmetology license so that, after graduating, she can bring in a steady income to help cover the costs of her college education at the University of Toledo.
Cast your vote here: www.lifehappens.org/vote.
Each year the LIFE Foundation eases the path of students like these through the LIFE Lesson’s Scholarship Program. This year, it is awarding 60 scholarships totaling over $115,000, which have been funded in part by generous contributions from the NAILBA Charitable Foundation and the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation.
The winner of the online vote, as well as the other 2011 scholarship recipients, will be announced in September 2011. To donate to the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Fund, go to www.lifehappens.org/donate.