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What are some scholarships for college students with a deceased parent?

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Nine scholarships for students with a deceased parent are the James F. Brynes Scholarship; the W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship; the Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship; the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award; the LIFE Lessons Scholarship; the Diane Dawson Memorial Scholarship; the American Legion Legacy Scholarship; the Levitt Comninos Carlotti Foundation Scholarship; and the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Students with a parent with a terminal illness also qualify for some of these.

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The James F. Brynes Scholarship is for seniors in South Carolina high schools who have lost one or both of their parents. The maximum award is $13,000 distributed at $3,250 a year over a course of four years. The W.H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship is funded by the International Association of Fire Fighters and is for students whose parents were firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. The award is $2,500, which can be renewed for up to four consecutive years.

The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship is for students who live in Howard County, Md., who lost a parent while between the ages of 15 and 35. The award is for $2,500 and is renewable each year. The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award is worth $2500 a year and is funded through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. To qualify, students must have lost a parent between the ages of 15 and 35 and must also reside in or attend college in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The LIFE Lessons Scholarship ranges from $2,000 to $15,000 in value. Students applying must submit an essay or video describing the impact losing a parent has had on their lives.

The Diane Dawson Memorial Scholarship is for students who have lost a parent to cancer during their high-school years. Eligible students can receive up to $3,000 a year. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is for students who have lost a parent serving in the United States army. To be eligible, students' parents must have died on active duty either on or after September 11, 2001. The Levitt Comninos Carlotti Foundation Scholarship is for students with a deceased or terminally ill parent. The scholarships range from $1,000 and $4,000, and the students must have a 3.0 high school grade point average to qualify. The Children’s Scholarship Fund is funded by the MedVac Foundation International and offers $2,500 to students have lost a parent who was either a ground or air medical transport crewmember or patient, who lost their life during transport.

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