December 6, 2019

Foster Children

If you are a foster child, then you might have had some difficult years growing up.  Paying for education seems like an impossible task, which is why many foster children never feel as if they can have a chance to get into a good college.  However, the grounds are rather ripe for scholarship opportunities for foster students.  If you are a foster child, then you might be happy to know that there is no shortage of organizations that will help you reach your dreams of a college education and a high paying career.



The National Foster Parents Association is one of the most prevalent of all scholarship award programs.  This association accounts for almost 70% of all foster parents represented among these government programs, and in which case, that means that there are some pretty large funds allocated for the educations of foster child students.

How one can get the award is by providing the NFPA scholarship program the name of the college you’ve been accepted to.  Also, you will need to provide other basic high school information, such as your GPA and other standardized testing results.  Now, if these weren’t higher than a 3.0, don’t worry.  In fact, this foundation is rather generous for foster students trying to get his or her foot in the door.  They just want to make sure that you were at least a 2.0, and that you’ve been accepted.

Now, how well you did might depend upon just how much you can be awarded by the NFPA, so make sure that you keep your grades as high as possible.  Some foster students have found that they’ve paid thousands and thousands per student scholarships, and this will be a rich source of funding.


Government Org.

There is a lot of money to be had from state funding.  The reason for this is that the state is the organization that runs the foster program, so they will be willing to shell out even more cash to make sure that you can afford your education.  Getting state funding is actually pretty simple.  All you need to do is talk to your foster case worker, and he or she will take it from there.  Also, the foster department in your particular state very likely has a website, and it should provide additional information on the subject.  If you are a foster student, then definitely be sure to access state funding for educational grants!

Here are some other examples of state funding at the college level.

  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to state run scholarships, there are still a few other foundations that are willing to pay you to get an education.  One of those comes in the form of a major Wall Street corporation.

Capitol One, a Fortune 500 Company involved with credit cards, banking, auto loans, and home loans, partnered with the National Foster Care Fund in 2004 to establish Fostering a Future. The scholarship program and its founders believe that empowering an individual through education is the best way to prepare him for a brighter future. Likewise, it aims to help foster children have clear visions of their future through an opportunity to study in the colleges or universities of their choice. The great thing about this scholarship program is that the recipients are allowed to choose the course they want to take up in college. In recent years, this program has collaborated with top organizations such as the National Foster Care Coalition and the Child Welfare League of America to provide only the best for foster children.