College Scholarships & Resources for Foster Youth

  • General list of private & state organizations that provide scholarships for foster kids: click here

  • Foster Youth Tuition Waviers listed by state

  • First Star and Guardian Scholars (California) programs

  • United Friends of the Children list of foster youth scholarships

  • College Readiness (Los Angeles) offers up to six years of individualized support by trained college counselors to students in grades 7-12 with a goal of helping foster youth graduate from high school and attend college.

  • College Sponsorship (Los Angeles) inancial assistance for foster youth to attend four year colleges/universities

  • Foster Care to Success Scholarships & Grants for education and job training

  • Get Schooled-- Website that lists different scholarship opportunities

  • List of Programs by State College Scholarship Programs for Foster Youth

  • Emy's Promise (Florida): Educational grants for women who have been in foster care in Florida. 

  • Ump's Care All-Star Scholarship for children adopted at the age of 10 years or older 

  • National Foster Parent Association Youth Scholarship 

  • FinAid scholarship search database

  • Horatio Alger Association need-based college scholarships 

  • List of State Tuition Waiver Programs and Education Training Vouchers for Youth in Foster Care 

  • Grass Law Firm Scholarship (scroll to bottom of page): Any student with a financial need can apply for this $500 scholarship. This year's deadline is April 31, 2017

  • Sean Carter Foundation Scholarship Fund - Scholarships for those who have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, poverty, and homelessness

  • Washington State Governors' Scholarship for Foster Youth - $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the college of attendance. Available for up to five years. 

  • Passport to College Promise Scholarship program - In Washington state, provides support to students from high school through higher education completion.

  • West Virginia College for Foster Youth - in 2018, West Virginia will open the first free college officially for former foster youth. Initially it will be just for residents of West Virginia.

  • Family Fellows Foundation (Together We Rise): Application is now open for students who are residents or attending schools in Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, & Washington DC. Provides financial, educational, and wrap around support.

  • Pivotal (for youth in Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties in CA): For foster youth in these counties who is enrolled in or plans to enroll in vocational college, community college or a 4-year degree program. 

  • California Financial Aid Guide for Foster Youth -- the student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid.

  • California College Pathways --  is a statewide partnership that provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges and four-year universities.

  • Opportunity Youth Academy (San Jose, CA) -- offers students a blended learning program of teacher-directed instruction and online credit accrual and recovery options. The focus is ensuring that students leave the program with a high school diploma, and a path to post-graduation college or career. The classes students complete satisfy admission requirements for California public universities and military service.

  • We Belong in College scholarship -- Share your stories of struggle and triumph on social media using the hashtag #WeBelongInCollege. We will be giving out five $1,000 scholarships every month from March-June, September, and October to the most inspiring stories shared. After sharing your story on social media, submit your video to us in the form below for your chance to win. 

College Scholarships and Grants

for Current and Former Foster Youth

This list is a work in progress. 

If you have programs to suggest to add to this page, please contact us