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Scholarship for young parent

MTÜ SEB Heategevusfond (Charity Fund) is expanding its operations, devoting greater attention to prevention. We have created our scholarship programme in order to support coping by those young mothers or fathers who lack the support of their family circle as they embark on independent lives and make decisions about their futures. The aim of the programme is to provide young mothers or fathers with equal opportunities to continue their studies, develop individually and realise their talents. We consider it important that if a young mother or father is supported during her or his studies, her/his ability to cope and care for herself/himself and her/his child improves. Scholarships are financed with donations received by the Fund and the return on the investment of the Fund’s assets, as well as donations made through the donation environment “I Love to Help”.

Who are eligible to apply for a scholarship?
The scholarship may be applied for by all young women or men who became mothers or fathers before 19 years of age, and who are younger than 25 years of age at the moment of applying for the scholarship and who wish to start or continue their studies, study full-time at a basic school, upper secondary school, vocational school or institution of higher education.

Scholarship amount and disbursement
In 2018, the amount of scholarship funds is EUR 10 000. The scholarship is intended for: covering tuition fees, purchases of study supplies, monthly living expenses and/or childcare costs. One person can apply for a scholarship of up to EUR 640 to pay their tuition fee; up to EUR 640 for purchasing study supplies; up to EUR 100 in monthly subsistence benefits (From February to June 2018 incl); and up to EUR 150 for babysitting services each month. The detailed and final allocation is decided upon by the scholarship committee, which is entitled to make changes to the amount of a scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded twice a year, in February and in September. The deadline for submitting an application for the autumn semester is 23 September 2019, with the scholarship recipients being announced at the end of September. 

When a scholarship is awarded:

  • The Fund will pay the tuition directly to the educational institution based on the invoice presented, or the scholarship recipient will submit to the Fund an invoice together with a document showing proof of payment, based on which the amount will be reimbursed.
  • The amount of support intended for the purchase of study supplies will be reimbursed based on the invoice or expense receipts submitted.
  • Funds for living expenses will be deposited into the bank account of the scholarship recipient by the 10th of every month.
  • Funds for childcare/kindergarten costs will be paid directly to the relevant institution based on the invoice presented, or the scholarship recipient will submit to the Fund an invoice together with a document indicating proof of payment, based on which the amount will be reimbursed.

Required documents

To apply for a scholarship, an application needs to be completed with the applicant’s personal information.

Additionally, to apply for a scholarship, the following needs to be submitted:

  • a certificate from an educational institution to the effect that the scholarship applicant is enrolled at the school;
  • a transcript issued by the registrar’s office of the school for the previous semester’s learner's form (except for students in their first semester);
  • the applicant’s statement of purpose, in which the applicant states her/his reasons for commencing/continuing her/his studies and explains how the scholarship will support her/his studies. The statement of purpose should to be no more than 3000 characters long;
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher, support person, child protection official, caregiver or the like, which should include a character reference for the applicant. The letter of recommendation should to be no more than 3000 characters long;
  • a copy of a child’s birth certificate. If there are several children, the committee should be provided with a copy of each child’s birth certificate;
  • a proof of the applicant's income from the local government.

The scholarship for young mothers and fathers may not be used to repay debts.

Please note: If an applicant for a scholarship is receiving subsistence benefits from a local government, the scholarship will be automatically assessed as additional income of the young mother or father and the benefits paid by the local government will be reduced (or discontinued).

All applicants for a scholarship can make a reservation for a personal consultation (for more information, go to:, during which any issues related to the scholarship will be clarified, if necessary.

The scholarship committee includes representatives from the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, SEB Heategevusfond and SEB Pank, as well as practitioners.

Documents need to be prepared in Estonian and e-mailed to: by 2 February at the latest.

Participate Thank you, if you have already supported our charity programme or if you are going to do it in the future! Sign a standing payment order contract in SEB Internet Bank for 3 euros a month or support with a single donation.