The Huntley Wealth Scholarship – For Students Who Lost a Parent
THE HUNTLEY WEALTH SCHOLARSHIP
Helping Students Attend College Who Have Lost a Parent
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Scholarship awards were awarded behind schedule on June 22nd, 2020. Accordingly, the deadline to submit an application was May 29th, 2020. Winners were notified by email. We thank you for your patience!
After the June 2020 round, we are pausing the Huntley Wealth Scholarship for the time being. If this changes, we will update this page. Thank you for your applications and support!
Every year, Huntley Wealth offers scholarships to college students who have suffered financial hardships because one or both of their parents died uninsured. The death of any parent is a tragedy, but when a parent dies and leaves the family in financial peril, it can become a disaster that derails their children’s plans for education and achievement.
We invite college students who find themselves in this situation to apply for the Huntley Wealth Scholarship, either in writing or on video. Each year, we select two scholarship winners who have compelling life stories of personal and financial loss. Find out how to apply here.
We are honored to have presented a Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship to the winners below. We hope these awards have helped lighten the financial burdens they face as they work their way through college and beyond.
2020 Huntley Wealth Scholarship Winners
When she was 8 years old, Carla Garten tragically lost her mother to heart failure. As her mother died without life insurance, Carla’s family had a hard time paying for the funeral, which is why Carla had to help pay for it with the savings she had in her piggy bank. Although Carla continued to live with her father, the loss of her mother profoundly affected them both emotionally and financially. They first lost their home. Carla’s father then neglected her to the point that the authorities had to step in and remove her from his care. She subsequently moved in with her godparents, who acquired legal guardianship over her.Despite all odds, Carla is a first-generation college student and entered Carroll University in the Fall of 2020 to major in music therapy. As a life-long flautist with a long list of music-related and community service extracurriculars, she decided on this particular major because she saw the effect her flute playing had on the elderly when she used to volunteer at a nursing home with her godmother. She recalls one inspiring moment when a nonverbal nursing home resident began to speak after listening to her play. Her go-getter attitude, passion for music, and genuine desire to help others will undoubtedly be key to her success. Now that it is her responsibility to pay her way through college, we are happy to help her by awarding her with the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship. We wish you all the best, Carla!Listen to Carla’s story in her own words below.
At eight-years-old, Elizabeth Delcambre’s mother passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest after a severe seizure. Without life insurance to help her family stay afloat, her dad had to find a new job to be able to support Elizabeth and her two sisters, which is why he was not around much while they grew up. Elizabeth plans to follow in her mom’s footsteps to become a teacher. She was accepted in Dallas Baptist University to major in elementary education with a minor in special education. She hopes to work with every type of student, but has a special interest in working to integrate special education students into the general classroom to aid their development. To be able to afford her education, she currently works as a lifeguard and as a nanny. We are happy to award her the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship to help her achieve her dreams and make a difference in the lives of the next generation. We wish you the best, Elizabeth!
2019 Huntley Wealth Scholarship Winners
On November 2nd, 2016, when she was a sophomore in high school, Ayanna Lawson woke up to a major house fire. Her family lost all their material possessions that night. Twenty-five days later, Ayanna’s father succumbed to kidney failure after a long illness. A year later on December 2017, tragedy struck again when Ayanna’s mother, who had continued supporting and caring for her and her sisters, suffered a debilitating stroke. Her mother spent the next year recovering in a nursing home, but tragically passed away on Ayanna’s first day of senior year. As neither parent had life insurance, Ayanna and her sisters were left in a perilous financial situation. Ayanna stated that she experienced many hungry nights and had to grow up faster than her peers to support herself from a young age.In the face of these adversities, Ayanna has consistently shown strength, resilience, and ambition. She enrolled in Delaware State University in the fall of 2019. She is currently a sophomore studying political science, as she pursues her dream to become a criminal defense attorney. As an avid reader and social change advocate, she is particularly drawn to criminal law because she wants to dedicate her life’s work to decreasing the high incarceration rates among black males. This is only the beginning of Ayanna’s bright future. We are proud to award her the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship to support her dreams. Ayanna, we wish you so much success in all your future endeavors!
A month before she was due to enter the University of Michigan in 2018, Nicole White’s father committed suicide. As the sole breadwinner of the household who died without life insurance, her dad’s passing affected her family deeply. Nicole’s immediate family had to rely on friends and family to pay for her father’s funeral. They were forced to sell her childhood home. She also had to work as soon as she started college to be able to afford school. Nicole is one of three students admitted to the University of Michigan’s reputable Interarts Performance program, which bestows a BFA in acting, scenic design, theater, film, and music. Even though most of her time is devoted to her coursework, she uses her free time to further her passion for the visual and performing arts with extracurriculars like musical theater. During her sophomore year in college in 2019, she co founded We The Proud, an on-campus theater organization that produces theater performances for black, indigenous, and other people of color.Nicole’s passion for the arts and her grit and determination will undoubtedly get her far. It is an honor to award her the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship to help her achieve her dreams. We wish you only the best!Watch Nicole’s moving story below.
2018 Huntley Wealth Scholarship Winners
When he was eight years old, Greg Ingrao lost his father in a freak accident. Since there was no life insurance available to help his family, his mother shouldered the full responsibility of providing for Greg and his disabled sister.This put a significant strain on the family.On top of it all, in 2016, Greg suffered a heart attack as a result of a rare blood disorder. He had triple-bypass surgery, which left him with a large amount of medical debt.He currently works 55 hours a week as a restaurant manager and is pursuing an online accounting degree at Columbia Southern University. Though paying his full tuition up front every semester is a real challenge, Greg is determined not to resort to student loans because he believes they would worsen his already-difficult financial situation.Greg’s perseverance in the face of his family’s tragic loss and his own serious medical issues are truly inspirational—and make us proud to award him the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship. We wish him every success in his studies and future endeavors!Below is his story, in his own words.
When Tenesha Robertson’s mother died after a long illness, money was so tight that her grandmother had to take out loans just to pay for the funeral. At age 15, Tenesha was suddenly put in the position of fending for herself financially. She paid for her own food, clothes, transportation, and school fees. Her situation worsened when her grandmother passed away a few years later.Her determination and hard work saw her through high school, but Tenesha had bigger dreams. She’s now studying biology at Grambling State University and pursuing her dream of becoming an OB/GYN.The financial strain she suffered as a result of her mother’s death still profoundly affects her, but we think her grit and determination will ensure that she achieves her goals. We’re happy to be able to help to her through the Huntley Wealth Scholarship. Go, Tenesha!
Scholarship Details and Requirements
As of the last June 2020 round, the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship awards a total of $3,500 in prize money once a year, to high school seniors and college students.
Scholarships are awarded to students who have lost one or both parents, who either had no life insurance or were underinsured.
- Each year, a $2,500 cash scholarship will be awarded for “best video” and another $1,000 cash scholarship will be awarded for “best essay,” for a total of $3,500 awarded.
- Submission Deadlines: Submissions must be received by May 29th, 2020.
- *We are pausing Huntley Wealth Scholarship for the time being after this round*
- Winners will be announced via email by June 22nd, 2020.
- Applicants agree to grant Huntley Wealth & Insurance Services lifetime license of the essay or video submission, agreeing it may be displayed and shared in our marketing materials, including, but not limited to, our website and social media channels. See our Privacy Page for more details.
- Copyrighted Material – Please do not use any copyrighted images or music in your video.
Be Creative! For example, you don’t have to record yourself (selfie-style), although that is more than acceptable. If you’re not comfortable with that, you might try recording slides/pictures on your computer screen.
TWO WAYS TO APPLY
You may submit an essay or a video to be considered for the scholarship.
#1 – Essay submissions must be at least 500 words and may be written in MS Word or a Google Document. Please email your essay (or a link to it) to [email protected].
#2 – Video submissions should be 1 to 3 minutes in length (an amateur cell phone recording is fine).
Upload your video to YouTube or any other video hosting platform, and email your video URL to [email protected].
In either case, tell us your story AND:
- Who did you lose?
- How did that impact your life financially and how do you think your situation would be different if your parent or parents would have had life insurance?
- Where are you attending (or planning to attend) college and what are you studying?
- How would this scholarship money help you?
The winners will be selected based on needs and the overall persuasiveness and quality of their video or essay submissions.
- Students must be 17 years old to apply.
- Immediate family members (children or siblings) of Huntley Wealth & Insurance Services are not eligible.
- Any field of study is acceptable.
- There is currently no GPA requirement.
- High school seniors and college students are eligible – high school seniors must include in their email submission the name of their current high school and the name of the college they plan to attend next year.
- College students (undergraduate students only) must also provide a copy of their unofficial transcript and email it to us (pdf file is preferred) with your video or essay submission.
- Email submissions must use the subject line “HW Scholarship Submission-[your full name]”. Please include your name, phone #, and mailing address within the email.
- If submitting a video, scholarship recipients must provide Huntley Wealth the full winning video file in .wav or .mp4 format to collect funds.
- Students must attend school in the U.S.
- Scholarship recipients and non-recipients may reapply each semester if the scholarship is reactivated.
- Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses.
Thank you! We look forward to receiving your essay or video submissions!
Life Insurance Ownership Statistics
While the point of our Care Scholarship is to give back to the community, obviously, the stories we read and watch here are a real slap in the face (especially for those of us who are parents) to ensure we have proper life insurance in place.
In fact, the numbers are grim.
- LIMRA estimates that more than 37 million U.S. households have no life insurance at all
- Over 40% of Americans would feel a financial impact within 6 months if the primary bread-winner were to die
- Yet 65% of Americans say they won’t buy because they believe it’s too expensive or services like internet, cable, and cell phone bills are preventing them from buying
We simply are not ok with these excuses.
So our message to you is this:
If you don’t have life insurance and you have a spouse or children who depend on your income, get it today!
There’s really no excuse:
- Not sure where to start? Here are the basics.
- Don’t think you can afford it? Check out our Pennies from Heaven Strategy (as well as 25 other savings tips) here.
- Have a medical issue? We gotcha covered.
- Need a ballpark quote? Go here.
So whether it’s from Huntley Wealth or another agency, we don’t care. Please, just start the process!
If you are interested in getting a quote from Huntley Wealth, here’s a bit about us:
We’re an independent life insurance agency out of San Diego, CA, specializing in serving clients 50 and over.
We are passionate about helping individuals obtain the most affordable coverage that fits their financial plan, especially to those with high risk medical conditions.
At Huntley Wealth our tagline is:
“From Bad Hearts to Missing Parts, We’ve Got You Covered”
We help clients with medical issues ranging from mild conditions, such as high blood pressure & high cholesterol, to diabetes or history of stroke, heart attack, or cancer, including tough cases like getting life insurance for 70 to 75 year olds.
We are also passionate about helping you discover how much life insurance you need, the benefits of term vs. whole life insurance, and enjoy helping affluent families as well as business owners with their special needs.
Monique Pyne – Runner up for Fall 2017 Scholarship
Matthew Town – Winner of Fall 2017 Scholarship
Hanna Boykin – Winner of Spring 2017 Scholarship
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