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The Hopes for Higher Education Scholarship is awarded to
youth in foster care for the purposes of obtaining professional
certification or to attend a post secondary college or university
(undergraduate only). Scholarships range in amount from
$500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each
year varies depending on funding. Scholarship funds
may be used for tuition, fees, and school room and board. 
Scholarship selection is based on your completion of the
requirements listed in the scholarship application. 
Scholarship Application now closed-Check Back Next Year!
State of South Carolina offering Need Based Grant to assist youth in foster care currently attending college.
More information can be found at


Apply today! Qualify for scholarships up to 50% off tuition
The College of Energy, Environment and Sustainability is an education initiative of the Bridging Nations Foundation. CEES offers online courses and certificate programs in Energy ICT, Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Energy Technology and Policy. The CEES program prepares college students and professionals for success in an environment and energy career.

                   Click here to Access Application

Capital One Fostering a Future Scholarship Application

Open to children adopted from foster care at or after age 13 to provide
increased opportunities for advanced education. The Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption are founders and administrators of the scholarship program.

Click Here to Access Application

Year Up


Paid training for 18 - 24 year old Minorities
Excellent Opportunity for young people.
Free IT Training for 18-24 years old, who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, DC, MD, or VA, Providence , Boston , Chicago , Rhode Island , New York City , Atlanta .
If you know anyone with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 years old and
have an interest in IT Refer them to this site http://www.yearup.org/ to learn more about this free program.
This program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.
They provide the student with a stipend and after six months, internships at companies such as Freddie Mac
and AOL to name a few.
About Year Up
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique
combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship.
Success of their graduates -- enabling them to move on to full-time employment and higher education.
Year Up is about providing opportunities for urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential.

Tuition Assistance: Washington, DC



Three Easy Steps 

1    Complete your DC OneApp at https://dconeapp.dc.gov/

  Complete your FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and

   Submit all your DC OneApp supporting documents

Available January 1, 2013

DCTAG   DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program Up to $10,000 per school year 

DCLEAP   DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program Up to $950 per school year

Expanded Access to College Financial Aid for Former Foster Youth (PDF - 80 KB)
Voice for Adoption (2008)
Provides information on a federal law (P.L. 110-84) that makes it possible for teens in foster care to be adopted without losing access to college financial aid.

State-by-State Fact Pages
National Resource Center for Youth Development
Comprehensive State-by-State information on educational assistance and other services for youth who spent time in foster care.

Orphan Foundation of America
State-specific information on how to apply for the Chafee Education and Training Vouchers for foster youth.

White House Internship
Award Amount: Varies

The White House Internship Program is open to students with an interest in strengthening their understanding of the Executive Office and preparing for future public service possibilities. Interns will be placed in a department in the Office of the President or the Office of the Vice President for their internship. In addition to normal office duties, interns will attend weekly lectures, volunteer at special events, participate in tours and contribute to a community service project in the Washington, D.C., area. You must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and be enrolled in a two- or four-year college, or have graduated from college in the past two years to be eligible for this internship.
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If you’re a high school senior in foster care, you can apply in the autumn for yearly the Horatio Alger Scholarship. This program awards between $2,500 and $10,000 per student; monies can be used to pursue a bachelor’s degree at any accredited American college or university. 
The National Scholarship Fund for foster children awards between $1,500 and $10,000 to foster youth, former foster youth under 25, and orphans to be used in any state for training after high school



State-Specific Foster Care Scholarships


  • Kansas has a tuition waiver program that enables foster students in this jurisdiction to attend any state-subsidized college or university free of charge. Applications are available through the Registrar’s office of each institute of higher education.


  • This state also offers a Foster Child Tuition Waiver Program, entitling free tuition to any of the 29 Massachusetts state/community colleges and universities to foster children who receive approval. Applicants must be between the ages of 17-24, must have been in foster care for at least one year (in response to a Care and Protection petition), and must agree to contribute to their higher education expenses via a work-study program.

New Jersey

  • If you’re a state-resident student at a New Jersey high school and you’re in foster care, you may be eligible to receive full tuition funding for any NJ state college or university. Monies are also available if you intend to study out-of-state, on a part-time basis, or at a private school.


  • The Oregon Student Assistance Commission controls funding for tuition assistance aimed at helping this state’s foster children pay for schooling beyond high school at a state college/university. Award amounts vary based on available monies, but are usually between $4,500 and $5,000.


  • The Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association (PSFPA) has established a scholarship fund to assist the state’s foster children in furthering their education beyond high school. Seniors who are currently in private or public foster care in Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply. This scholarship can also be sought by biological or adopted children of PSFPA members.

South Dakota

  • A WIA Scholarship of $3,000 is available through the South Dakota Department of Labor (WIA) for foster children who intend to attend any of the state’s vocational or technical schools.


  • The Governor’s Scholarship, initiated in 2001, helps children who are leaving or have left the foster program and who intend to attend an eligible college in the state of Washington. Scholarship amounts are between $1,000 and $5,000 per recipient and are dependent on financial need, tuition costs, and other factors. This award can be renewed for up to four years.

KFC Scholarship Program

The Scholarship offered by the KFC Colonel's Scholars Program provides funding for: Tuition, Fees, Books, and Room and Board.

To be eligible to compete for the KFC Colonel's Scholars Scholarship, an individual must: Graduate from high school this academic year; Earn a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75; Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a public, in-state college or university; Be a US citizen or permanent resident; and Demonstrate financial need.

Scholars may begin their college career by entering into either a 2-or 4-year accredited in-state college/university, as long as they stay on track to complete a bachelor's degree program.

Award Amount:
$5,000 - $20,000

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Higher Education Reconciliation Act


Two new student aid grant programs were created by a federal law that went into effect on July 1, 2006. They are the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant).  Click here to learn more


Emma Bowen Foundation

We are recruiting minority rising high school seniors and rising college
freshman to work in a PAID internship at a media company throughout the
United States including Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. The
internship will last throughout their undergraduate college years.

Qualified students should have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan to attend a
4-year college, and have an interest in media/communications. Students
do not have to major in communications. Selected recipients are PAID
and receive a matching scholarship each summer to help pay for college
expenses. For a more detailed description of our program please visit
our website at http://emmabowenfoundation.com

The Sallie Mae Fund's Scholarship Application Season Is Now Open!

The Sallie Mae Fund announced today that its scholarship application season is now open and invited students attending college in the fall to apply for scholarships it will award for the 2010-2011 school year. Applications, eligibility and deadline information are now available at http://www.salliemaefund.org/

Founder of Hopes for Higher Education Receives Maybelline NY Beauty of Education Award

We are excited to announce Hopes for Higher Education Founder Dr. Deborah (Harris) Sims was honored for her persistence in improving higher education access for youth in foster care.  The organization will receive a generous donation from Maybelline NY and a featured article in Essence magazine.  What a wonderful holiday treat for our team.  We look forward to furthering our efforts toward improving the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care.

Want to Attend Harvard?

Harvard has very generous financial aid support for all students who qualify on the basis of need.   On a very positive note, families with incomes below $60,000 need not contribute to the cost of sending their children to Harvard.   Further, families with incomes up to $180,000 with assets typical for the income level need not pay more than 10 percent of their incomes.  No student should be discouraged from applying to Harvard because of financial concerns.  The Financial Aid Office is always eager to work with talented students to make sure they receive the financial support that will make a Harvard education possible for them.  For more information, please visit the financial aid web site: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/, or call 617 495 1581.

ALPFA Scholarship - Hispanic College Fund

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Scholarship is open to undergraduate and masters degree students of Hispanic background who are majoring in accounting, finance, business or a related field. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States.  Click Here to Learn More: ALPFA

New Law Improves Higher Education Opportunities

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (H.R. 4137), signed into law by President Bush in mid-August provides important provisions that should boost supportive services “including mentoring and tutoring” to help foster care youth reach and complete post-secondary school.

To Learn More Click Here- Youth Today News

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are available to students for one academic year of study in another country. This award will help to cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies. You must also pass a language proficiency exam if your native language is not that of your proposed study country to be considered for this award.

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Annual National Foster Parent Education Conference
"Higher Education Challenges Facing Youth Aging out of Foster Care"

Dr. Deborah Sims

Discussion with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
"Disparities Facing Foster Care Youth"

 Governor Sanford with HHE

HHE Representative Sonja Harris and Governor Mark Sanford

Hopes for Higher Education Foster Care Month Awareness Campaign

Fund Raiser

HHE Representatives at Foster Care Month Event!

May is National Foster Care Month!
National Foster Care Month in May provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to get involved, whether as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. It is also an opportunity to show our appreciation for the dedication of the foster families who care for these children and youth and the social workers who support them.

Hopes for Higher Education Plans Foster Care Month Awareness Campaign in South Carolina
We have partnered with community businesses to distribute ribbons and foster care fact sheets.  Please come out and support our campaign.

Money available for youth aging out of foster care to attend college!

Foster youth can sign up for a customized scholarship search at http://www.fastweb.com/

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  • Apply Early for Financial Aid
    Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides federal student aid, which includes grants, loans, and work-study.  Each year millions of students wait until the last minute to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Apply early! If there are any problems with your paper work you will have … Continue reading
  • Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
    By ERIK ECKHOLM Only half the youths who had turned 18 and “aged out” of foster care were employed by their mid-20s. Six in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and three in four women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only six in … Continue reading
  • Published: Foster Youth Emancipation by Dr. Deborah Sims
    In respect to sub-scales, the study found that for youth preparing to age out of foster care higher levels of emotional reactivity were associated with lower levels of responsibility. Further, in comparison to their non-foster care peers, youth in foster care scored significantly lower in their sense of relatedness, responsibility, and emotional reactivity. Results from this study will add to the existing body of literature concerning foster youth emancipation. Continue reading