The scholarship is administered by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
3 or 4 awards between $1,500-$3,000
Eligibility: 1) High school senior, 2) Enrolling in vocational school, college or university, 3) A current or former dependent of LA County Court
Contact: Ms. Sue Thompson at 323-526-6399
Participants become eligible for a number of scholarships by attending the Celebration graduation event sponsored by LA County DCFS and UFC.
Deadline: End of February
Eligibility: 1) Graduating with a 2.8 or higher GPA, 2) Plan to attend college or trade school
Contact: Cassandre Castanon at UFC
$5,000 renewable award for former/current foster youth towards vocational/college expenses
Eligibility: 1) Enrolled in Title IV vocational school or college, 2) Enrolled at least half-time, 3) Course of study should be at least a 1-year pgm, 4) Maintain "satisfactory academic progress"
Deadline: March 18
Non-renewable scholarship for up to $5,000
Eligibility: 1) Foster youth and former foster youth that are graduating seniors with a 2.75 GPA or better, and 1350 SAT score or better 2) planning to attend a 4-year school (transfer students with a 2.5 GPA or better may apply), 3) are from California
Contact: Change A Life Foundation. Look for College Scholarship Programs for more information
Up to $5,000 to $10,000 per year, or as much as the fund will allow
Eligibility: Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and need.
OFA administers several scholarships including: Foster Students Education Foundation, Casey Family Scholars, and Tangles Hearts.
Scholarships range in value from $5,000 to $10,000
Eligibility: 1) Foster care or ward court for at least 1 yr. by 18th b-day, 2) Under age of 25 by March 31 of the year they apply,
3) Enrolled in or have applied to college or post-secondary training program
Friends of Foster Children
Deadline: Early to mid-March
FOFC offers scholarships between $500 and $1,000
Eligibility: 1) current or emancipated foster youth 2) continuing their education beyond high school
Guardian Scholars Program
Full-tuition to a variety of colleges throughout California
Eligibility: 1) Plan to apply to one of the listed schools, 2) Ages 17-23, 3) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (if transfer student), 4) Qualify for "Independent Student Status" (under federal financial aid guidelines), 5) Be a California resident
Contact: check with your local college or university
$1,000 annual renewal for high school senior
Eligibility: 1) Foster parent/biological parent/or guardian is a member of NFPA, 2) Applied to college, university or vocational school
The nsoro foundation provides non-merit based academic scholarships to youth in foster care and to "aged-out" students. Scholarship awards range between $4,000 and $8,000 per student per degree program on average depending on student financial need. Payments are made per semester or quarter depending on the school or degree program.
Deadline: April - see website for specific dates
Eligibility: 1.) Graduating high school seniors as well as current undergraduate or trade school students may apply. 2.) All applicants must show State documentation of foster care placement. Eligible applicants can be emancipated or "aged-out" from foster care. 3.) All applicants must show written acceptance and enrollment in a college, university or trade school.
Contact: (404) 574-6763 or
Up to $5,000 per academic year.
Eligibility: 1) Orange County, CA, foster youth; 2) up to age 25
Contact: 714-619-0240 or follow link above
Pepperdine University offers a special scholarship for former foster youth who want to major in business.
Deadline: January 5, 2015
Eligibility: 1.)admitted to Pepperdine’s Seaver College 2.) been in formal foster care under court supervision during high school 3.) a U.S. citizen 4.) declare a major in business administration, international business, or accounting 5.) have a B average or better in BOTH high school and community college (if attending community college) 6.) maintain at least a B average while at Pepperdine 7.) complete the bachelor’s degree within five years of starting college
Contact: Application information can be found here
Covers unmet financial need for Cal Poly Pomona
Eligibility: 1) Meet eligibility requirements for admissions to Cal Poly Pomona, 2) Be an emancipated foster youth, 3) High school senior
The scholarship is administered by Paymaster.co
Deadline: July 31, 2014
$500 scholarship for Fall 2014
Eligibility: 1.) must be enrolled in at least 6 units at a California community college or university, including CSUs, UCs, and private universities 2.) minimum 2.3 GPA if already enrolled in college
Contact: Jovan Johnson, Esq. at (424) 242-4061