New York Life Award

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Danelle Antelo, Perry Chen, Meghan Hayfield, Emily Holtzman, Clio Smith, Kendall Vorhis


CLIO SMITH, Teach Me, Grandpa, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Age 16. Folsom High School, Folsom, CA. New York Life Award

New York Life Foundation Employee-Curated Exhibit

In recognition of National Children’s Grief Awareness Month, employees at New York Life Insurance Company participated in a crowd curation project to create an online exhibition featuring awarded work from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These nine works were self-identified by students as being created in response to the personal loss of a close loved one and an exploration of a range of emotions. Check out the digital exhibition here!

New York Life Award

Grief is a difficult journey, but having a creative outlet can provide a safe space. But for teens trying to make peace with the loss of a parent, a teacher, a caregiver, or even a friend, finding ways to express bereavement can open a door to healing.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the New York Life Foundation have created a special partnership to encourage bereaved teens in grades 7–12 who have personally experienced a loss through the death of a close loved one to create original works of art or writing that explore their responses to a range of grief and emotion.

The New York Life Award will provide six students with $1,000 scholarships through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This national recognition will acknowledge students who have experienced the death of a close loved one and who have explored that loss in their creative work.

Healing & the Arts

As part of this initiative, the New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, will provide free art and writing workshops with a special focus on bereavement. These workshops are designed to give grieving students creative outlets for dealing with the death of a close loved one or other kinds of loss such as the displacement of a caregiver.

Additional Resources for Teens, Families & Educators

New York Life is committed to helping children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or other important person. They created extensive resources to aid kids experience grief, including the website to support the families and educators of bereaved kids. This site provides a comprehensive, state-by-state list of local support services, book and article recommendations, materials to order, as well as links to other helpful information.

Download a printable-PDF with information about this Award.

About the New York Life Foundation

NYLF_4CInspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $217 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more and for bereavement resources, please visit