Scholarships for Student Caregivers

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As the population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. While the exact number of young people taking on this responsibility is not well understood, it’s estimated to be well over 1 million.

On top of their demanding caregiving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursuing high school, college or graduate-level education. Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these extremely hardworking students.

We understand that student caregivers may not have the time to scour the Internet to find available scholarships to help them pay for college. That’s why we’re handling some of that research by compiling and updating the below list to ensure they have access to the latest caregiver scholarships and information.

Available Scholarships for Student Caregivers

Caregiving is a challenging and demanding role at any age. In addition to the time investment, a 2017 Caring.com survey found that 38 percent of caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caring for their loved one- caregiving can also be a financial drain.

Among survey respondents, 44 percent of caregivers spend at least $5,000 per year to care for their loved one, with 25 percent spending over $10,000 annually. These challenges can be exacerbated for young caregivers in school, who already face financial constraints and busy schedules while pursuing an education.

Amount: $2,000 to three students.

Description: The Future of Assisted Living Scholarship offers a $2,000 award to three students who are majoring in a field of study related to gerontology or senior care.

Applicant Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate level program at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada.

Application Requirements: Applications consist of a 250-word personal bio, and a 500-700 word essay on improving the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities.

Where to Apply: SeniorAdvsior.com scholarship page

Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Amount: $1,000 to two students.

Description: The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.

Applicant Eligibility: Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care.

Where to Apply: SeniorHomes.com scholarship page

Deadline: The 2018 deadline was July 31, 2018. The 2019 deadline has not been released.

Amount: $1,000 to four students, awarded quarterly, plus an additional $1,000 to one of the four winners, awarded at the end of the year.

Description: The Video Wisdom Scholarship is awarded to students interested in working in the fields of aging and gerontology.

Applicant Eligibility: This scholarship is open to students in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are actively enrolled in a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate level program at an accredited university. Eligible applicants must be studying a medical, nursing, or social sciences related discipline.

Application Requirements: Students must submit a 2-3 minute video on “The Value of Seniors in Our Lives and Benefits to Society,” and should share a story about or feature a senior who has inspired them.

Where to Apply: A Place for Mom website

Deadline: The remaining submission deadlines for 2018 are September 30th for the quarter three award, and December 31st for the quarter four award.

Amount: Free attendance to a CALA conference

Description: The CALA Scholarship offers recipients the opportunity to attend educational sessions and the trade show at a CALA conference. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the senior living field.

Applicant Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in California are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements: Interested students must complete an application form and submit a resume, letter or recommendation, and a copy of their transcript, including GPA.

Where to Apply: CALA website

Deadline: The application deadline to attend the Southern California CALA conference is October 11, 2018. The deadline to attend the Northern California CALA conference is May 3, 2019.

Amount: $500

Description: The Eldercare Support Foundation has many scholarships supporting those pursuing or already working in senior care, including the General Studies Scholarship.

Applicant Eligibility: Students who are enrolled or are soon to be enrolled in an educational program for healthcare and plan to work in long-term care are eligible.

Application Requirements: Interested students must submit an application packet, a 1-2 page personal essay about their interest in the long-term care profession, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Where to Apply: Eldercare Support Foundation website

Deadline: Application deadlines typically fall in February.

Amount: Varies based on scholarship.

Description: Hope for the Warriors sponsors several scholarships for spouse-caregivers in military families. Awards are available for spouse-caregivers seeking entry level classes or training, undergraduate education, and graduate level degrees.

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit an application form, proof of service and injury, an original essay, a two-page questionnaire, and one letter of recommendation.

Where to Apply: Hope for the Warriors Scholarship page

Deadline: Applications for the Spring 2019 scholarships will be open from August 1-September 30, 2018.

Amount: Up to $1,300

Description: The Road Scholar’s Caregiver Grants award up to $1,300 to caregivers to apply towards the cost of any Road Scholar program.

Applicant Eligibility: All unpaid primary caregivers over the age of 50 who provide daily care and support for a family member, or former caregivers who lost their loved one within the last two years, are eligible for the grant. Eligible applicants must live in the United States.

Application Requirements: Interested caregivers must complete an online application, including a 250-500 word personal statement describing why the applicant wants to participate in a Road Scholar program and how the experience will affect them as a caregiver.

Where to Apply: Road Scholar website

Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to apply approximately 3 months before their selected program start date.

Amount: $2,000

Description: The Senior Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who currently serve as caregiver for an elderly friend or relative, or have been caregivers in the past. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible students must be attending a two or four year university at the time that the award is given.

Application Requirements: Students must submit an application questionnaire, a current transcript, and a 3 minute video. In the video, the student should share their caregiving story, including what they learned from the experience and how their caregiving experience influenced their career path and choice of college major.

Where to Apply: SeniorAdvice.com scholarship page

Deadline: Applications for the Fall 2019 award will be due in July.

Amount: $1,500

Description: The Aging Matters scholarship is available to students who currently care for an elderly loved one, work in the senior care field, or are pursuing a career that will positively impact the elder population. The award can be used towards tuition, books, room and board, and other school-related expenses.

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be full-time students at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. Incoming college freshmen are also welcome to apply.

Application Requirements: Interested students must complete an application form, including a 1,000 word essay on why Aging Matters to them.

Where to Apply: SeniorCare.com website

Deadline: Applications for 2019 open in October and are due in May.

Amount: $5,000 grand prize, other award amounts vary.

Description: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America holds a yearly teen scholarship essay contest which asks high school seniors who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease to write about their experience and how it impacted their lives. In 2018, AFA awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to contest winners, including a $5,000 grand prize.

Applicant Eligibility: Student caregivers, volunteers, or those who have personal experience with Alzheimer’s are welcome to submit essays. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens and entering a four-year accredited college or university within 12 months of applying.

Application Requirements: Students must submit a 1,200-1,500 word essay describing their experience with Alzheimer’s disease and how it impacted their lives, and what they have learned about themselves, their family, and/or their community.

Where to Apply: AFA Teens website

Deadline: The application deadline for the 2019 award will fall in February.

Amount: In 2018, thirty applicants will receive scholarships of up to $5,000 each, and two applicants will receive scholarships of up to $10,000 each. Amounts may vary in subsequent years.

Description: The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship is available to those diagnosed with epilepsy, as well as their immediate family members and/or caregivers, pursuing higher education.

Applicant Eligibility: Applicants must be high school graduates or graduating in the award year, and be seeking an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate level degree or be enrolled in a trade school program at a United States-based institution.

Application Requirements: The application includes a one-page personal essay, three letters of recommendation, medical history from the person living with epilepsy, and a copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript.

Where to Apply: UCB scholarship website

Deadline: The deadline for the 2019 award will fall in March.

The Caring.com Scholarship

At Caring.com, we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.

Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

How to Apply

Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions:

  • Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?
  • How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?
  • How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?

In addition to the essay or video, must also complete the online application form below.


Eligibility Requirements for College Students

The Caring.com Student-Caregiver scholarship is open to full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four year college or university in the United States. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.
  • Applicants cannot be on academic disciplinary status.
  • Must not be related to or living with any employees of Bankrate, Inc. or Caring, LLC.

Eligibility Requirements for High School Students

Student-caregivers who are still in high school are welcome to apply for the Caring.com Scholarship. Eligible high school applicants must be full-time students and be registered to attend a two-or-four year college or university the semester following their application. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.
  • Applicants cannot be on academic disciplinary status.
  • Must not be related to or living with any employees of Bankrate, Inc. or Caring, LLC.

Previous Winners

  • Clare Buonocore - a student at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in human rights politics while being a caregiver for her father (Winter 2018)
  • Sara Feldman - Sara Feldman is a student at the University of Michigan earning a Master of Public Health degree while being a caregiver for her mother (Winter 2018)
  • Venus Tadrzak -- a student at Cleveland State University who is majoring in accounting and caring for her mother (Summer 2017)
  • Hunter Johnson -- a student at Clemson University who is majoring in health science and caring for her brother (Summer 2017)
  • Tommy Tran -- a student at the University of Houston who is studying biotechnology and is caring for his father (Fall 2016)
  • Jessica Jacob -- a student at Adelphi University who is pursuing a nursing degree and caring for her mother (Fall 2016)
  • DreAnna Perry -- a student at Brigham Young University who is studying exercise physiology and is caring for her mother (Fall 2016)