Apply to third-party scholarships to reduce financial stress and the need to take out loans. Third-party scholarships can be found with a Google search using words like foster youth, financial need, GPA, specific races or ethnicities, sports, etc.
Each scholarship usually has its own requirements and submission details.
The Scholarship Expert has some great advice for applying to third-party scholarships. The founders are both former foster youth who have accumulated over $340,000 in scholarships combined.
embrella offers private scholarships for eligible high school seniors every year
Foster Care to Success
Foster Care to Success provides a host of scholarships to foster youth across the U.S. For more information and deadline, click here.
Give Something Back
Give Something Back has two programs. The first is a “Prepaid” scholarship program which selects high school students from 8th to 12th grade and provides them with programming and coaching to help prepare them to attend one of our seven partner colleges or universities in the State of New Jersey. The second track is focused on helping students achieve their postsecondary career goals — through trade school, community college, or another path. Students in the Careers track are selected between 8th and 10th grade and receive long-term coaching from Give Back staff.
New Jersey Foster Care Scholarship
New Jersey Foster Care Scholarship offers Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) or State Tuition Waivers (TW) for eligible youth to help cover costs at accredited post-secondary institutions and career and technical schools.
- Application and other important information
- Eligibility chart
- embrella contact: 1-800-222-0047
- NJ ETV Coordinator contact: Safa Simmons, Safa.simmons@DCF.NJ.GOV
- ETV & Independent Living (IL) Coordinators by State
The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) offers free tuition at any community college in New Jersey for students who graduated in the top 15% of their class. For more information on the program click here.
Ocean First Scholarship Program
The Ocean First Scholarship Program provides $1,000 to community college students and $2,500 to students attending universities. The scholarship is only available to Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean county residents. For more information refer to the website here.
The Nsoro Education Foundation
The Nsoro Education foundation supports students who have aged out of foster care by providing a scholarship, mentorship, and other resources.
Together We Rise Family Fellowship
The Family Fellowship offers up to $90,000 in supports for twelve former foster youth each year including tuition, housing, mentorship, and wrap-around services. To learn more about eligibility and further information click here.