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Scholarships for Wish Recipients

The Rainbow Connection is honored to support our wish children as they proceed on to life’s many challenges and rewards. Certainly these children have a wisdom and strength we can all learn and grow from.  What better way to honor them than to lend a helping hand in furthering their education.

The purpose of The Rainbow Connection Scholarship Program is to support the educational goals of our wish recipients. The scholarship amount is $1000.  Each $1000 scholarship is paid directly to the institution selected by the recipient.

Scholarship Funding

Our scholarship program is funded exclusively by donations to the program.  If you would like to make a contribution to supporting the higher education of Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses simply designate a donation to the program and you too will feel the magic of helping these terrific kids!


Eligibility Requirements

  • In order for a student to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must be a recipient of a Rainbow Connection wish.
  • The scholarship is not based upon financial need therefore a financial statement is not required.
  • The scholarship is not based upon scholastic ability. The recipient’s acceptance into an accredited college/university will provide evidence of academic ability.
  • Recipients may receive the scholarship for up to four years, but are required to reapply each year. A minimum of two scholarships are awarded each year.  The number of scholarships is dependent upon the availability of funding.
  • Awards may be used to cover tuition, fees and books at any post-secondary institution, including technical schools, vocational schools, junior colleges and four-year colleges or universities. (At this time, our scholarship awards are not available to graduate students.)

Application Process

  • The applicant must complete the Scholarship Application. Applications are available by clicking here, or by calling The Rainbow Connection office at 248-601-9474 or toll free at 877-MI-WISHES (877-649-4743)
  • Applications may be photocopied.
  • The applicant must submit a letter with a completed application telling the selection committee about the wish experience and how the diagnosis has impacted your life and future goals. (1000 word maximum.)
  • Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15
  • Incomplete applications will be returned without decision.
  • Awards are announced annually in May. Letters will be sent to all applicants notifying them whether or not they have received an award.
  • Students are asked to accept or reject their scholarship in writing within 10 days of receiving this notice. Failure to do so will result in a loss of scholarship.
  • Award checks will be issued in the following summer and will be paid directly to the educational institution.


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