The Brave of Heart Fund was established to provide charitable grants and emotional support services to families of frontline healthcare workers, volunteers, and support staff whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. It continues to support these bereaved families via scholarship funding for their spouses, domestic partners, and children. These scholarships honor the hard work and sacrifice of their loved ones as their families adjust to reality without them.

They took care of us.

They protected our families.

And so we took care of theirs.

Many people struggle with addiction issues in my community, and we don’t have enough resources to help them. My daughter is in school, too, and it’s been so good for her. We hope to open a practice together and bring more care to our community after experiencing our own deep loss of my husband and her father.

Spouse of a healthcare facility director, studying Counseling

The Brave of Heart Scholarship solidified a way to cut back on my work hours and focus on studies. After losing my husband, and seeing how remarkable the nurses were, I knew that I wanted to go into patient care. I want to spend the working years I have left giving families the care they deserve when they are not well and in pain. I’ll even get to do my clinicals at the hospital where my husband was treated.

Spouse of a physical therapist, studying Nursing


awarded in scholarships


scholarships awarded


unique recipients


were from Brave of Heart Fund relief grant families

are pursuing studies in healthcare related fields

are adults spouses/domestic partners of deceased healthcare workers

are people of color


states represented

My world turned upside down when I lost my mom. She was my biggest academic supporter and I felt completely off track. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to step back from the financial stress associated with continuing my education and allows me to focus on my academic success and personal well-being. I am eager to pursue my career goal and hopefully one day I will be able to assist individuals in a medical setting.

Daughter of a healthcare director, studying Biomedical Sciences, aspiring Physician Assistant

These past few years, I have lived my life inspired by my father’s words, “I fix people for a living; I can do anything.” It inspires me to be a good son, a friend, a father figure to my brothers, and someone who would do anything and everything in my power to help those I care for. I am very grateful for the opportunity to chase my dream and to maybe become a physician that can be a ray of hope for my patients.

Son of a physician, studying Osteopathic Medicine

Brave of Heart Scholarship eligibility:
Please visit Scholarship America to review complete eligibility requirements or apply.

  • Applicants must be a spouse, domestic partner, or child of a healthcare worker, volunteer, or support staff whose life was lost in the fight against COVID-19
  • Applicants need to have plans to enroll in an accredited program at a vocational and technical school, community college, 4-year college or university, or graduate school (if pursuing healthcare studies)
  • Individuals enrolled in part-time coursework, returning to school for continuing education, or exploring a new field of study are eligible
  • Individuals do not have to be previous recipients of Brave of Heart Fund grants; previous recipients of Brave of Heart Fund grants are eligible