Detroit Lions Scholarship for Michigan Students

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is pleased to announce an initiative by the Detroit Lions to provide educational scholarships to Michigan children who have suffered the loss of a parent or sibling who served in the military. The Lions are funding the scholarships as part of Detroit Lions Inspire Change, a new player-driven social justice initiative launched in the city of Detroit. Partnering together, our goal is to bridge the gap in funding between available education resources (federal, state, and private) and the total cost of higher education.

Eligibility: First time Detroit Lions Scholarship applicants that are Michigan students planning to attend or currently attending any post-secondary education institution who have lost a parent or sibling (including biological, step or adopted) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or as a veteran are eligible to apply. This includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard and all duty statuses (active, reserve, guard, retiree, veteran).

This scholarship may be utilized towards education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books, fees, computers, and school supplies. Students must be enrolled to attend either public or private institutions, colleges, universities or vocational schools.

This scholarship opportunity is not renewable.


Application Instructions

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following information listed below to

  • Name, Address, Phone Number and E-mail for the student, and parent/guardian if under the age of 18 when applying. 
  • Copy of your acceptance letter the upcoming semester or your class schedule for the upcoming semester (can be provided at a later date before the funds are released if currently unavailable).
  • Essay: "A lion is one of the strongest, most feared, and respected animals. How can you relate this animal to you and dealing with the loss of your loved one" OR "How has sports helped you through your grief after losing your loved one?"

All material must be submitted to to be considered. This scholarship will remain open until all scholarships funds are exhausted and awardees will be notified.

If you have questions regarding the Detroit Lions Scholarship or need assistance, please email or call the TAPS Helpline at 800-588-8277 and ask for Education Support Services. 

We are grateful to our partners, the Detroit Lions, for creating this incredible educational opportunity for the surviving military youth of Michigan.