Pacific Life Foundation Awards $75,000 in College Scholarships
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Five $15,000 Scholarships Given During Life Insurance Awareness Month to Students Who Lost a Parent Without Life Insurance

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The Pacific Life Foundation has awarded five $15,000 college scholarships through Life Happens and its annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program to aid the financial burden of students who have lost a parent without life insurance. The scholarships are part of September’s Life Insurance Awareness Month, designed to help educate individuals on the importance and benefits of life insurance. Scholarships were awarded to students in communities where Pacific Life employees live and work. Recipients include Hannah Price, Rachel Hood, and Katherine Blas from California; Rainna Daharsh from Nebraska; and Heather Perry from Virginia.

“The death of a parent is unthinkable for children and young adults, as are the responsibilities and emotional turbulence that accompany that loss. Inevitably, families also experience financial hardship when a parent passes away,” said Tennyson Oyler, president of the Pacific Life Foundation. “As an organization, we are deeply connected to this program as it showcases the importance and impact of having life insurance protection. We are proud to provide these scholarships and hope they will help these students continue to persevere.”

Since 2018, the Foundation has provided $285,000 in college scholarships through Life Happens. This year, more than 300 Pacific Life employees volunteered to review hundreds of scholarship applications.

Meet Pacific Life’s 2021 Life Lessons Scholarship Winners


College: Southern New Hampshire University
Major: Computer Science
Fun Fact: I work with 37,000 tarantulas a day.
Five Year Aspiration: I would like to be programming prosthetic limbs for verterans wounded in battle.

"Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to go back to school. I didn't think it would be possible for me to go to college, but with your help I can. I hope to do great things with this degree and make many people proud."


College: Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island
Major: Psychology
Fun Fact: I love to volunteer, especially at non-profit organizations that focus on helping younger kids. I have volunteered at six different nonprofits in my community. All of these places focus on different areas and help many kids in various situations. Volunteering is my passion and it brings me so much joy!
Five Year Aspiration: I hope to be participating in the Peace Corps. This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

"Thank you so very much for this opportunity. I am beyond grateful for this blessing. I have learned a lot while applying for this scholarship. Thanks to everyone on the Pacific Life team, my family and I have been assisted with the finances of my college experience. It truly means so much to me to have been awarded this scholarship."


College: Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA
Major: International Studies with an emphasis in global cultural studies. I am also majoring in both Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Women's Studies.
Fun Fact: I studied in Spain for 7 months.
Five Year Aspiration: I hope to be in the Peace Corps.

"I am so honored to have been chosen for the Life Happens Scholarship. I honestly didn't know if I would be able to graduate because I didn't have the finances to do so. Pacific Life made it possible. I am forever grateful -- thank you."


College: University of Nebraska-Kearney
Major: Criminal Justice
Fun Fact: I have won four state titles in soccer.
Five Year Aspiration: I hope to be in law enforcement, pursuing my dreams.

"I would like to thank Pacific life and the employees for picking me to win this scholarship. It will help out my family and I tremendously while I attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Thank you for taking the time to read over my essay and choosing me to be one of the rewarding applicants."


College: UC Davis, CA
Major: Studio Art and Communications
Fun Fact: I like to make small batch cosmetics, like lotion bars, in my free time.
Five Year Aspiration: I hope to be in my own home in Northern California and be a full-time professional artist with a business of my own.

"I would like to graciously accept the award which you have selected on my behalf. I am so grateful for the opportunity to focus on my studies and excel academically with the reassurance of the financial aid. I feel so blessed, so again, thank you!"

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