You can do a lot with a little financial help

Post-secondary education is an expensive endeavor—especially for students impacted by the loss of a parent or guardian with little to no insurance coverage. The emotional and financial stress during this time can be devastating and hinder the dream to pursue post-secondary education.

That’s why Manulife has collaborated with Life Happens, a U.S. nonprofit organization that helps students pay for their education through the Life Lessons Scholarship Program.

What is the Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship program?

Manulife has introduced the first Life Lessons Scholarship Program in Canada, for students who’ve experienced the death of a parent or guardian with little to no life insurance. The Scholarship Program helps combat the financial burden of paying for post-secondary education during an emotional time and recognizes the perseverance that so many youth show in such adversity.

The Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program is committed to student success and helps support students financially, making the decision to attend and finish a college, university or trade school program a little easier.

Are you a current, or soon-to-be post-secondary student looking for financial support?

Criteria and Application

Before applying to the Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program there are a few things to note. Please see below for a list of common questions and answers.

Students currently enrolled in or have been accepted to a college, university or trade school within Canada and:

  • are a legal resident of Canada;
  • are between 17 and 24 years of age; and
  • have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian who had little or no life insurance coverage

In addition to some basic information, you will need to submit a 500 word-essay OR a 3-minute video about how the death of your parent or guardian has affected your life financially and emotionally. It’s helpful to note how the loss of a parent/guardian has impacted your post-secondary education plans, your family’s financial situation and how you’ve been working hard to stay on track to attend your post-secondary program during this time. Please note, essays exceeding 500 words or videos longer than three minutes will automatically be disqualified.

Before you apply, be sure to read the full Rules and Regulations to ensure you’re eligible for the Manulife Life Scholarship Program.

You can apply for the Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program online from August 1 to September 30, 2019 through the submissions site.

Manulife will award a minimum of two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to successful applicants for the January 2020 semester. Afterwards, The Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program will follow the regular cadence of the scholastic year and award a minimum of five scholarships with a minimum amount of $10,000 each annually from September 2020 onwards. Please see the full rules and regulations for more information.

Successful applicants will be announced on or after November 11 by phone and email. Recipient names and stories will be posted on manulife.ca/manulifelifelessons.

Scholarship money will be issued directly to students or their respective college, university or trade school institution in December, available for the start of the January 2020 semester. Afterwards, the Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program will re-open for the start of the September semester from 2020 onwards. Please see the full rules and regulations for more information.

If you can’t find your answer or have additional questions, please email ManulifeLifeLessons@manulife.ca.

Rules and Regulations