Preparing for College
Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities supports students and families
as they begin to explore and consider postsecondary options.
Through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP Initiative are eligible for enhanced services and financial support including CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance, and other financial supports.
Many of these scholarships cover tuition cost, living expenses, care packages, and online mentorship. These scholarships are available to first-time college students and adoptees that are currently enrolled in college. Please read the guidelines to each scholarship for details.
The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships to NFPA members whose birth, foster and US adopted youth wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college.
To provide scholarships, mentoring and leadership training for select foster care and orphaned students…raising up leaders of influence.
As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.
The New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, City College, or Kingsborough Community College.
Unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY), individuals who do not have “fixed, regular and adequate” housing and who are “not in the physical custody of a parent or adult.” have aspirations to attend college, yet lack the support and awareness of resources needed to move their dreams into reality.
Helping minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice and discussing, in detail, minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students.
NYC College Line will help you stay organized from exploration to graduation. The site was created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, NYC DOE, and Goddard Riverside.
This web site was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations.
Help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid at multiple colleges and from multiple funding sources (federal, state, institutional and private providers of assistance).
All Foster Care to Success scholarships share one application; we will determine the program(s) for which you are eligible based on the information you provide.
Help complete your Application for Federal Student Aid with answers to questions on the FAFSA that may cause difficulty for wards of the court or foster youth.
The Scholarship Coach is a blog run by Scholarship America on U.S. News and World Report’s website for the purpose of educating students and parents about
scholarships; addressing common scholarship questions, as well as featuring special scholarships and dispensing valuable advice students should use to make their applications stand out.
The New York Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in U.S. foster care
The Fostering A Future Scholarship, sponsored by Children’s Action Network and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a national scholarship program designed to provide youth who were adopted from foster care at or after the age of 13 with financial assistance in pursuing a college, vocational, or technical education.
The guide addresses all aspects of college preparation from making the most of high school to financing your child’s education. Make use of this guide to examine your student’s educational options.
One of the chief emotional issues adoptees face throughout their lives is learning how to cope effectively with the feelings that are associated with separation and loss. Leaving home is the ultimate separation, and not only has its own complicated challenges, but can trigger all of the feelings the adoptee may have about their own separation from the birth family and subsequent separations from foster families.
In the foster care system in New York, everyone ages out at 21, whether he or she likes it or not. No more nursing from the system, no more free room and board, and no more depending on others to make your life easier! It’s time to spread your wings and leave the nest. Time to go out and earn yourself a decent living.”
African American students may be eligible for federal, state, and privately funded education through need and merit based grants for post-secondary education, including those specific to women, men, or for students pursuing a specific field of study, such as engineering or science.