Heather Benefield was a woman who encompassed all the wonderful things the world has to offer and all the wonderful things that the world needs more of. She was a friend, a listener, an adventurer, and courageous. She was a loving mom and her daughter’s best friend.
On March 11th, 2020, Heather Benefield’s life was taken from her in an act of domestic violence, leaving behind her 21-year-old daughter, Courtney Jenkins.
Losing a parent can be devastating and can make it difficult to focus on your education or other responsibilities. In order to keep going, it’s critical that students who have lost their parents receive extra encouragement when pursuing higher education.
This memorial scholarship seeks to support undergraduate students who have lost a parent so they can persevere through the loss and complete their education.
Any current undergraduate student who has lost a parent may apply for this scholarship opportunity.
To apply, tell us what you learned from the parent you lost and how that loss has impacted your understanding of the world.
What did you learn from the parent(s) you lost, and how has that shaped your way of being or understanding of the world?
The application deadline is Apr 30, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 30, 2022.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on May 30, 2022. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
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Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.