Student Caregiver Scholarships

Available Scholarships for Students Who Are Also Caregivers

Author: Caring.com - Contact: caring.com
Published: 2015/03/19 - Updated: 2023/10/02
Publication Type: Announcement / Notification
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Synopsis: Financial aid scholarship for students attending accredited U.S. university or college while caring for aging or ailing loved one. 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.

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According to a 2005 report from the American Journal of Public Health and per 2010 U.S. census data, there are an estimated 5-8 million young adult family caregivers in America (ages 18-24), the majority of whom are caring for an elder female relative such as a grandparent. In multiple research studies with family caregivers over several years, we have found that providing unpaid care for a relative can be costly, taking a significant financial, emotional, and physical health toll.

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

"Juggling the responsibilities of caregiving while also pursuing a degree in higher education is really difficult. The time spent on caregiving has the potential to negatively impact academic success, whether by prolonging years of study or lowering their grades," says co-founder and CEO Andy Cohen.

"Helping to ease the burden of family caregivers has been our social mission from day one, and this new scholarship for student caregivers is one more way we're delivering on that promise."

"We're excited to receive these students' grant applications, select the best three to receive the awards, and raise more awareness about family caregivers at America's colleges and universities," said Cohen.

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