ARE YOU AN ADOPTIVE OR FOSTER CHILD WISHING TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL? HERE IS A LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL!

 

FOSTER CARE TO SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIPS

APPLICATION DATES     
January 1-March 31 annually

AWARDS                            
$2,500-$5,000 based on a combination of need and merit

RENEWABLE                    
Up to five years if the student remains compliant with program requirements

ELIGIBILITY          
Applicants must:

  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday
  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from Foster Care to Success
  • Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States.  U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other postsecondary school

NOTE: This is an undergraduate scholarship only.

Scholarship link.
 

CASEY FAMILY SERVICES ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATION DATES        
Applications are accepted throughout the year

AWARDS                               
Up to $10,000 over the course of a student’s academic career

RENEWABLE                        
Yes, until maximum award is disbursed

ELIGIBILITY  (NOTE: Eligibility is confirmed by the funder, NOT by Foster Care to Success) 
Applicants must:

  • Have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Services in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 49 at the time of application
  • Be starting or currently attending a technical school, college or university in pursuit of a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree or a professional degree including law or medicine

NOTE: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are not eligible for this scholarship

Scholarship link.


THE DOROTHY AND ROBERT DEBOLT SCHOLARSHIP

Lilliput is proud to offer the DeBolt Scholarship for individuals who have gone through the foster care system in California and are expecting to attend college in the fall.

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
May 31, 2016

AWARDS                                       
up to $3,000

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Have been adopted from foster care in California as a dependent of the court
  • Have been accepted to an accredited college, university, or trade school
  • Be 25 or younger 

Scholarship link.
 

JAMES HOWARD FARRIS SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATION DATES        
varies

AWARDS                               
up to $500 per academic year

ELIGIBILITY                        
Applicants must:

  • Be a Freshman at Salem Community College
  • Be a Salem County resident
  • Have been an orphan, foster child or adopted

Scholarship link.


KANSAS FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

APPLICATION DATES        
Applications are accepted year around, however awards of scholarships will be made each year as follows:
 - Applications received by July 1 will be awarded in late July for the upcoming academic year.
 - Applications received by November 1 will be awarded in late November for the spring semester.

AWARDS                               
varies

ELIGIBILITY                        
Applicants must: 

  • Be students who are or have been foster children in the State of Kansas, including foster children who have been adopted.

Scholarship link.


NC REACH

NC Reach is a state-funded scholarship offered to qualified applicants for up to 4 years of undergraduate study at NC public colleges and universities.  Available funding is awarded after other public funds and scholarships have been applied.  NC Reach provides comprehensive student support, including mentors, care packages and internships.

APPLICATION DATES        
Students must reapply each year, after July 1, for a maximum of four years or until they turn 26, whichever occurs first.

AWARDS                               
varies

ELIGIBILITY                        
Applicants must:

  • Be legal residents of North Carolina, eligible for in-state tuition rates
  • Be adopted from NC Division of Social Services (DSS) foster care after the age of 12, OR, aged out of NC DSS foster care at age 18 (they must have been in care on their 18th birthday)
  • Be enrolled in one of the 74 NC public community colleges, colleges or universities
  • Be under the age of 26 (participants remain eligible until their 26th birthday)

Scholarship link.


THE TFFA CARLOS LARA - DON HAZEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Administered by the Texas Foster Family Association (TFFA), the Carlos Lara and Don Hazel Scholarship Fund provides $1,000 annually to member foster parent’s biological, adoptive, or foster children who are graduating from high school and enrolling full-time in any U.S. institution of higher learning. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE  
May 31st of each year

AWARDS                                       
up to $1000 per year

ELIGIBILITY                        

FULL TIME STUDENTS: Must carry and complete 12 hours and maintain a GPA of no less than a 2.0 for the semester. If GPA falls below 2.0 the scholarship committee will notify the student of suspension until clarification has been accepted.

PART TIME STUDENTS: Must carry and complete no less than 6 semester hours and maintain a GPA of no less than a 2.0 per semester. If GPA falls below 2.0 the scholarship committee will notify the student of suspension until clarification has been accepted.

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS: Graduating High School seniors must have a letter of acceptance from a college, or center for higher learning, as well as all other requirements listed below. 

COLLEGE STUDENTS: Submit a full and current transcript from the institution they have been attending with a letter from their student adviser stating the starting date of the student’s college/training career, current involvement in the institution, and all other requirements listed below with a completed application, postmarked no later Dec. 31st of each year.
A grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained each semester to continue the scholarship the following semester. If the GPA falls below 2.0, the scholarship will suspend until proof of grades are received.

RETURNING APPLICANTS: All returning applicants must submit a current transcript (showing semester GPA and all classes that were attended and/or dropped) with a cover sheet of contact of information, after completing all requirements at the end of each semester to obtain the scholarship award for the next semester.

Scholarship link.


NEBRASKA FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

NFAPA offers a scholarship for an adoptive, foster, guardianship, or kinship child, who wishes to further their education beyond high school or GED.  This can be either at a college or university, vocational and job training, or on line learning. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
April 1, 2016

AWARDS                                       
$250

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens 
  • Reside in a foster or adoptive home within Nebraska
  • Have been a Ward of the State
  • Be enrolled in a two or four-year U.S. institution

Scholarship link.


All-STAR SCHOLARSHIP

The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship is for children adopted at the age of 10 years or older in order to help provide a college education to students who otherwise might not be able to afford one. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
May 16, 2016

AWARDS                                       
up to $7,500 annually to go towards tuition, books, and other college related expenses

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Have been adopted at or after the age of ten
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be graduating high school seniors

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application that includes five short answer/essays written by the student.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter should represent a teacher or administrator who is familiar with the student’s work and accomplishments. The second letter should come from a significant person in the child’s life (i.e. social worker, coach, etc.). Both letters should reflect the writer's knowledge of the student’s achievements, improvements, and personal needs.
  • The student's most recent high school transcript and a copy of first semester's grades. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

A copy of your Student Aid Report (FAFSA).

Scholarship link.
 

VERMONT JOHN H. CHAFEE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established for youths aging out of foster care who are likely to experience difficulty transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The mission of this program is to help young adults prepare for and enter training or educational institutions after high school. Funding for this program is conditional upon annual federal approval.

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
March 4, 2017

AWARDS                                       
from $1,000 to $3,000 and may not exceed $5,000

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans)
  • Be under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) through 18th birthday OR be adopted after age 16 (but would have remained under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the DCF through 18th birthday otherwise)
  • Be 21 years of age or younger
  • Demonstrate financial need

Scholarship link.


EMILY LESTER VERMONT OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is administered with the proceeds from a trust fund established through an annual appropriation from State of Vermont’s general fund. Funding for this program is conditional upon annual legislative approval.

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
March 4, 2017

AWARDS                                        
from $1,000 to $2,000 and may not exceed $3,000

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited school located within Vermont and approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans)
  • Be currently under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) OR be between the ages of 18 and 24 and have been under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the DCF for at least six months when applicant was between the ages of 16 and 18
  • Demonstrate financial need

Scholarship link.


2016 DARE TO DREAM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

APPLICATION DEADLINE        
April 8, 2016

AWARDS                                       
from $500 to $5,000

ELIGIBILITY                                
Applicants must:

  • Be current or former foster youth living in or from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano Counties.
  • Be 24 years old or under on April 1, 2016
  • Accepted or expect to be accepted to an accredited 4-year college/university, community college, or vocational program
  • Have current cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Be past Dare to Dream scholars who received a one year scholarship

Scholarship link.