Eligibility Criteria

An orphan according to Merriam-Webster is a child deprived by death of one or usually both parents.

First in line to fight the pandemic are United States First Responders and Frontline Medical Workers. Eligible children and youth Covid orphans must be a child, stepchild, or grandchild of a verified Covid-19 victim defined:

Doctors, nurses, medical technicians, EMTs, firemen, police and other staff are deemed "frontline heroes" or "first responders" or medical workers in the broader sense. All risked or lost lives as the novel coronavirus spread in waves.  Children of military medical personnel meeting the eligibility criteria are invited to apply. Initially, these occupations are first in line for Bluebird Awards  .

COVID-19 pandemic fatalities include those from variants such as Delta and Omicron.

For award consideration, ELIGIBLE children and their sponsors should follow these guidelines.

1) For a child until age eighteen (18), preference will be given based on their sponsor's recommendation. Each online Letter of Recommendation submitted by a sponsor attest to applicant's eligibility and need.

EXAMPLES: A boy without funds wishes to attend a summer basketball camp or a girl hopes to take gymnastics classes.

2) ​Pre-college age children can be sponsored by a surviving parent, guardian or caregiver. This typically includes needs such as food, clothing, shelter as well as those in support of learning and activities. Educators, caregivers usually manage the finances of the child and are encouraged to apply on behalf of the child or children. Each application is submitted from an online Letter of Recommendation.

3) Home-based educators may apply for each child.  The online Letter of Recommendation is considered 'signed' when a sponsor vouches for the accuracy of all information submitted. Each child, if able to do so, will benefit by finding ways to get signatures on his/her own if the child is considered homeless.

4) Bluebirds Awards may under special circumstances, may elect, to make awards to non-eligible orphan children.


Inquire and apply for future consideration.

Award consideration, for ELIGIBLE post-secondary students seeking awards for a trade school or university:


​1) GPA of at least 2.00 (cumulatively, on an unweighted 4.00 scale).

2) Attending or planning to attend a college or career training school listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator website in the 2021-22 academic year.

3) Applicants who have served/are serving in the U.S. military are required to provide a Statement of Service or DD214 showing their own honorable character of service.

4) Applicants with a discharge status of other, general, under honorable conditions, dishonorable, etc. are not eligible for an award.

5) Must submit a completed application with all required documents, as outlined in the application or as requested by the Scholarship Fund, by the deadline. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge. A discharge status of other, general, under honorable conditions, dishonorable, etc. are not eligible for an award.


1) Applicants attending a Federal Service Academy OR a school not listed on College Navigator are NOT eligible. Federal Service Academies include United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy.

2) Applicants who submit an incomplete application are NOT eligible. Reasons why an application may be deemed incomplete may include providing incorrect documents, or documents with missing information.

3) *Applicants who already have an undergraduate degree, are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, or are attending graduate school of any kind are NOT eligible.

4) Qualifying military parent veterans and applicant veterans must have received an honorable discharge. A discharge status of other, general, under honorable conditions, dishonorable, etc. are NOT eligible for an award.

5) All applicants must report any and all criminal history legally available as public records. Withholding such information is disqualifying.  Complete honesty in this regard MAY NOT be disqualifying. 


Because Bluebird Awards is investing in the success of every applicant, our interest in each person does not stop with a post-secondary award. These services will be further delineated on this website as they become available.


Application evaluation and order of preference if necessary.

1) Front line first responders, medical workers and military equivalents, children, stepchildren and grandchildren under age 18.
     Healthcare workers include doctors.  First responders include EMTs, firemen, police and military.

2) Home schooled children, stepchildren and grandchildren under age 18.

3) All Children, stepchildren and grandchildren of Covid-19 victims under age 18.

4) Industrial, Trade school bound children, stepchildren and grandchildren under age 18.

5)  College - University bound children, stepchildren and grandchildren under age 18.