These are funds for college expenses that students do not have to repay, and are available both from the government and private entities.
Scholarships for Foster Youth: Many campuses have special scholarships or financial aid packages available for current and former foster youth. Contact staff at foster youth campus support programs to find what options may available.
- Who qualifies: Must be a high school senior with a GPA between 2.3-3.2, attending school in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, or Riverside County completing high school in Spring 2017. May be currently or formerly on probation. Deadline: 4/15/17
- To apply: http://unstoppableawards.org/apply/
Fostering Educational Opportunities Foundation
- Who qualifies: Foster youth up to age 26 with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- To apply: http://www.feof.education/home.html
Dare to Dream Scholarship
- Who qualifies: must be under 25 years of age as of April 1 of year of application, with minimum of 2.0 GPA. Current or former foster youth living in or from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties.
- To apply: https://www.voa-ncnn.org/dare-to-dream-scholarship-program
- Who qualifies: Must be under the age of 25 as of March 31st of year of application. Must have been in foster care 12 months prior to 18th birthday OR been adopted/assigned legal guardian AFTER turning 16 years of age.
- To apply: http://www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students/
Other useful resources:
- 10 Best Scholarship Sites from USA Today
- GoodCall Scholarship Search
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- United Friends of the Children Scholarship Links: A list of scholarships specifically for foster youth.
- Financial Aid for Disabled Students: A listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada