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.
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!
- 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.)
- The applicant must complete the Scholarship Application. Applications are available by clicking here Scholarship Application 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 for the year you are applying.
- 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.