Dr. Alan J. Saffran Scholarship

New Hope for Kids and the family of Dr. Alan J. Saffran are proud to present a Scholarship Program created specifically for qualifying participants in our grief program. Dr. Saffran had a strong passion for education, and upon his death in 2013, his wife and children decided to honor that passion by creating a scholarship fund. As they were grieving his death, Dr. Saffran’s wife, Pamela, learned about New Hope for Kids’ mission to help grieving children. Because of her determination, compassion, and generosity, this scholarship program became a reality in 2019, offering help for college when the possibility of attending might have seemed impossible after their loss. It truly honors Dr. Saffran’s passion for education and supports the mission of New Hope for Kids.


Each year, the Dr. Alan J. Saffran Scholarship will award four $2,000 scholarships to college-bound Central Florida students who have demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity, and who meet requirements set by the governing committee. The scholarship will be awarded based on each student’s high-school educational achievement, character, and financial hardship/need.

General Requirements:

For the purpose of simplification, the word “college” will represent “university, college and/or technical school.”

Students applying for this scholarship:

  • Must have lost a parent or legal guardian to death.
  • Must have attended New Hope for Kids’ grief support program in the past, or be currently enrolled.
  • Must be accepted as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited, nonprofit 2- or 4-year college.
  • Must be between the ages of 17 and 22.
  • Must provide a copy of your most recent high-school transcript, showing proof of good standing with a 3.0 GPA or better. If you have received a GED, please provide a copy of your GED as well as your most recent high-school transcript. If you are a home-schooled student, please provide either 1) a transcript from your nontraditional private school or 2) a parent-generated transcript with a notarized affidavit that you have completed a high-school education.

Scholarship Terms:

    • Applications are due by July 1, 2023.
    • The scholarship recipient will be selected by September 1, 2023.
    • Applicants currently enrolled in college who are changing schools must submit changes to us by September 8, 2023.
    • The scholarship will be paid directly to the college’s financial aid office where the student is/will be attending.
    • We require the Student ID and college financial aid office address for payment to be submitted.
    • If at the time of submission a student is currently a high school senior and NOT yet enrolled in college, the student ID and college address will be due by September 8, 2023.
    • The student can reapply for this scholarship on a yearly basis. There is no guarantee the same student will be selected each year to receive this scholarship.

To submit by mail, please download the application below and mail with all additional documents to:

New Hope for Kids
Dr. Alan J. Saffran Scholarship Application
544 Mayo Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751