miami-dolphins-logo.pngMIAMI — The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial Inc. and the Miami Dolphins have announced that they are accepting Sun Life Rising Star Award grant applications from nonprofit organizations in South Florida that advocate for youth from underserved communities.

Applications are available at The deadline for submissions is June 7.

Sun Life plans to award four winning organizations with a $50,000 grant, who will each nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship towards financing a college education.

The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is the educational cornerstone program of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Later this year Sun Life plans to surprise winning students with their scholarships at a special award presentation led by prominent members of the South Florida community and including appearances by Dolphins players, staff, alumni and cheerleaders. 

To be considered for a Sun Life Rising Star Award grant, organizations must have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, promote skills that directly translate to educational success in high school to students under the age of 21 and be aligned with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

In each city, a judging panel comprised of the foremost government officials, community, education and business leaders will evaluate the applications and student nominations.

Student nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the Sun Life Rising Star Awards’ mission, and must also plan to pursue post-secondary education, exhibit leadership qualities, and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community.

Nominated students are required to submit a 750-word essay on what they love most about their lives and what they do to protect it.