The Foster Children Education Foundation Scholarship supports youth who are or have been, in foster care (never legally adopted or expected to be legally adopted) in the State of Nevada and who have received a high school diploma and desire to earnestly pursue high education with at least a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, applicants must have no other significant financial means or other significant financial assistance to pursue their education. Preference will be given to full-time students; funds may be used for vocational or other specialized training and covers tuition, books, and fees for awardees.
Applications must include:
- essay (max. one page) written by the student that tells the selection committee about: your life, your plans for the future, why you chose your program, how your education will impact your life, and how you plan to finance your education
- letter of nomination from a teacher/counselor who knows the student’s goals, life story
The student is eligible to apply for this scholarship if they:
- are a graduating senior, or have obtained a high school diploma in the State of Nevada
- are, or have been, in foster care (never legally adopted or expected to be legally adopted) in the State of Nevada; preference will be given to applicants who have been in foster care in Washoe County
- are legal residents of the US
- have significant financial need
- have been accepted into an accredited 2-year or 4-year school, or certificate program at a trade school or vocational school
- are not be related to the donors
- agree to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and provide a copy of unofficial transcripts at the end of each semester they are receiving a scholarship
This scholarship has the potential to be renewed with reapplication.
The deadline to apply via the online application is April 15th. Renewal applications are due by February 28th.
The Foster Children Education fund’s first scholarship award was given in 2018 to a TMCC student, majoring in Criminal Justice who works full-time and is a young mother of two sons. As she understands what it is like to grow up without siblings or parents to rely upon, she feels she can be part of the guidance teens need, and protect the rights of children in a career as a probation officer.