The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) offers scholarships designed to help foster families pay for education beyond high school.   High school seniors are encouraged to apply once they have been accepted into their state college or university. Each student is asked to submit a short essay with application materials, on a topic to be provided by the Association.

Casey Family Programs is dedicated to improving the child welfare system and  providing educational opportunities for foster children.  Organizations like Foster Care to Success administer Casey Family scholarship dollars for needy foster children.  Applicants who were in foster care for at least one year prior to reaching their 18th birthday are eligible to compete for annual scholarships worth $1500 – $6000. Casey Family Scholarships enable foster youth under the age of 25 to attend national colleges and universities.

The Darko Rapotez Memorial College Scholarship Fund for Aged Out Foster Youth is administered by Love our Children USA.  The foster youth scholarship provides between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of tuition fee assistance to children who have “aged out” of the foster care system. Participants must provide books and housing with outside funds.  Successful applicants are judged based on academic excellence and financial need.  Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and maintain the program’s GPA standard of 3.0.

Horatio Alger Scholarships disburse between $2,500 and $10,000 annually, to each qualified recipient. Funds can be used to finance undergraduate education for needy adopted students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited American colleges and universities.

Foster Care to Success, but the philanthropic educational mission remains focused on foster families and adopted children.  In addition to valuable Casey Family Scholarships, the group connects willing donors with the foster care children who need help paying for school.  The Sponsored Scholarship Program creates opportunities for organizations, as well as individuals, to contribute to positive outcomes for former foster care youth. U.S. former foster children under 25, with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0  may apply.

North American Council on Adoptable Children stands committed to meeting the needs of waiting youths and the adoptive parents who welcome them into their lives.  The groups maintains resources for former foster kids heading into higher education.

State Programs

Florida -
Florida Department of Children and Families

Kentucky -
Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Maryland -
Maryland Waiver

Massachusetts -
Foster Child Tuition Waiver Program

Maine -
Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey -
Foster Care Scholarships and Grants

Oregon -
Opportunity Grants

Pennsylvania -
The Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association (PSFPA)

South Dakota -
South Dakota Department of Labor (WIA)

Texas -
State Department of Family and Protective Services

Virginia -
Virginia Tuition Grants and Great Expectations

Washington -
The Governor’s Scholarship

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Fostered & Adopted Youth Scholarships

The following list includes ONLY scholarships that are focused toward youth that are or have been in foster care, or were adopted.

NFPA Youth Scholarship

The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships for foster youth, adopted youth, or biological youth of currently licensed foster parents, who wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college.

See the NFPA Youth Scholarship page for details.

Horatio Alger Association

Recipients receive a $22,000 scholarship which is disbursed over the course of their collegiate career. Scholars attend the National Scholars Conference which takes place in Washington, DC in April and they receive access to various support services offered by the Horatio Alger Association which include:

Financial aid counseling
Mentoring Program
Free housing opportunities at Campus Crest Communities
24-hour support and referral line
Scholar and Alumni meetings/events
Graduate school grant opportunities
Special assistance grants
Involvement with an active Alumni Association

For more information visit the Horatio Alger Scholarship website. 

International Student Foundation

The International Student Foundation's mission is to provide scholarships, mentoring and leadership training for select foster care and orphaned students…raising up leaders of influence.  They are looking for youth who:

Aged-out Foster Care or Orphaned Youth
Has the Desire to Succeed
Shows Leadership Potential

Information and application forms at

Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success partners with organizations, foundations, and individuals to deliver scholarships to foster youth across the country.  They have several programs including scholarships, grants, training vouchers, and others.

More information at

Arizona Friends of Foster Children FoundationArizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation offers post-secondary scholarships to Arizona foster youth.  More information at

Gay/Lesbian Adoptive/Foster Parent ScholarshipProvides scholarships to foster and adoptive youth that are in care of or adopted by gay or lesbian parents.  Sponsored by Child Support Lawyer L.A.
More information at http://www.childsupportla

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