New York Life Award

About this Special Achievement Award:

The New York Life Award, underwritten by the New York Life Foundation, elevates the voice of bereaved teens and creates healing conversations around grief. It provides six students whose works explore personal grief, loss, and bereavement with $1,000 scholarships.

What is bereavement?

Bereavement is a state that occurs after a loved one dies. Grief is the feeling and reaction associated with the loss. Grief can be a difficult journey, but a creative outlet provides an opportunity to express yourself and be heard.


  • Download a flyer to share with students and educators.
  • Email to learn more about the “Healing & the Arts” free art and writing workshops focusing on bereavement, a partnership between the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the New York Life Foundation.
  • Visit the Foundation’s bereavement resources to aid students experiencing grief, and to support their families and educators.
  • Visit the Foundation’s employee-curated exhibition, a crowd-curation project by employees of New York Life Insurance Company featuring select awarded work from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, in recognition of National Children’s Grief Awareness Month. 

How to Apply:

During the online submission process, opt in for consideration by responding to the New York Life Award prompt. Click here to apply.

About Our Partner:

The New York Life Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement, and runs the Volunteers for Good program for New York Life employees, agents, and retirees.




Congratulations to our 2019 recipients!

Zoe Chen, Emma Jones, Sofia Liaw, Eric Schlesinger, Makayla Wach, and Brian Wee

ZOE CHEN, Pulling Tight, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Lynnfield High School, Lynnfield, MA. New York Life Award