Good Grief Partners with Marna’s Pals to Offer College Scholarships to Teens and Young Adults Who Have Lost a Parent or a Sibling

Malena Attar Press

Good Grief is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Marna’s Pals to support both organization’s efforts to help grieving teens and young adults in New Jersey.

Marna’s Pals is a non-profit organization in memory of Marna Pal, who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2008. David, Marna’s son, was a freshman at Rutgers University when his mother passed away. At Rutgers, David was fortunate to receive the support he needed to manage and process his grief following his mother’s death. When David graduated from Rutgers with no student loans, he wanted to “pay it forward” by helping other students who have suffered a devastating loss to afford the high cost of college. With help from his friends and family, David founded Marna’s Pals and began to offer Marna Pal’s Scholar Program to teens and young adults who have lost a parent or sibling.

In 2017, Marna’s Pals and Good Grief built a partnership to expand the Scholar Program’s scope and outreach. Good Grief is a New Jersey based non-profit that provides unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults after the loss of a parent or sibling. Together, these two organizations will change the lives for teens and young adults coping with loss.

College Students (or HS seniors) are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Marna’s Pals Scholarship. To be eligible the applicant must be 1) 17-24 years of age, 2) enrolled at a 2- or 4-year college or university, 3) experiencing the loss of a sibling or parent, and 4) must live in or attend school in New Jersey. Application deadline is April 30, 2017. Please apply online at www.

For more information on Good Grief or to get involved, call 609-498-6674 x8010 or visit


Good Grief’s mission is to provide unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother through our peer support programs, education, and advocacy. Strategic initiatives include expansion throughout New Jersey to ensure no child ever has to grieve alone.

Good Grief was founded in 2004 and opened their Morristown, New Jersey, center in 2011. The organization expanded their services to include the Princeton, New Jersey, area, and in 2015, opened their Princeton center. Today the Morristown and Princeton centers provide support to over 750 participants each month in the more than 21,000 square feet of dynamic, interactive, and creative space. Good Grief is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. For more information about Good Grief, please visit our web site  


Courtney Hodock, Director of Development

609-498-6674 x 8010

David Pal, President, Marna’s Pals