Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program

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Provided byManulife
Number Available5
DeadlineMarch 31, 2020
Type of AwardBursary


Level of StudyHigh School Diploma; Certificate; Diploma; Post-diploma; Associate; Bachelor; Master; Doctorate;
Field of StudyAny Field of Study
Year of StudyAll Years
Course LoadFull-time or Part-time
School of StudyAny School
Region of StudyCanada
Schools AttendedAny School
Region of Residencen/s
Academic Standing0
Financial NeedNo
Special NeedLoss of parent or guardian
Status in CanadaPermanent Resident
Automatic ConsiderationNo


Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program for Post-secondary Students

You can do a lot with a little financial help

Post-secondary education is an expensive endeavour — 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.

Who can apply?

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

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

How do you apply?

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.

Where do you apply?

You can apply to the Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program online from February 1 to March 31, 2020 through the submissions site.

What are the scholarship amounts?

Manulife will award a minimum of two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each annually to successful applicants. Please see the full rules and regulations for more information.

When will the recipients be announced?

Recipient names and stories are shared in August on

Friday, February 21, 2020

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