Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

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 more than 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 $3.8 million dollars in college scholarships have been awarded over the years.

Applications are accepted each year from February 1 to March 1.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Between 17 – 24 years of age
  • Have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian
  • Will be attending college, university or trade school in the US or Puerto Rico in the upcoming fall semester
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico
  • No employees or household members employed by The Life and Health Insurance Foundation or its affiliates
  • Have parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter if under age 18


Life Lessons Scholarship Program

$3.4 million






The Life Lessons Scholarship is made possible through individual donations and corporate sponsorships. 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.

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