Scholarship Program for Alumni 25 and Over



At Foster Care Alumni of America, we believe in all people from foster care.  That is why we have launched a new scholarship program for foster care alumni 25 and over, to help fill a gap in educational opportunities for older alumni.

Important Dates:

Scholarship Release Date: June 1, 2016

Scholarship Application Due Date: July 5th 2016

Notification of Award: August  22nd 2016. 

Distribution of Funds: September 2016

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There are an estimated 12 million foster care alumni in the U.S. However, very few–only 3 to 10 percent–graduate from college. The majority of scholarships for foster care alumni limit selection to students younger than 25 and do not fund graduate programs. Thus, once alumni turn 25, they find very few resources to help pay for the rising costs to continue their education. Based on empirical evidence, across the United States  we know:


  • Individuals rely on financial support from their parents well beyond age 25 (Arnett & Schwab, 2013).
  • The debt burden for college continues to increase (U.S. Department of Education, 2013).
  • Less than half of full-time students complete their baccalaureate degree within four years (
  • Foster care alumni reported leaving college due to financial reasons (Cortney, Dworsky, Brown, Cary & Vorhies, 2011).
  • At age 26, foster care alumni begin to achieve stability in their lives and re-attach to post secondary education (Cortney,  Dworksy, Brown, Cary & Vorhies, 2011)


To help reduce some of the financial strain alumni experience, we intend to award one scholarship worth $2,000 to one qualified foster care alumni per year.


Scholarship eligibility is based on the following criteria:

* Lived at least 12 months in foster care

* At least 25 years old or older

* Enrolled at an accredited college

* Seeking certification or a degree

* Completed at least 60 college credits

*Demonstrated financial need

*At least 2.4 GPA

*Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one advocacy (see instructions below regarding letters of recommendation)


Selection criteria will be based on:

* Membership with FCAA and affiliation with a chapter

* Evidence of goal setting and taking steps to meet goals

* Articulation of challenges, navigating society, and seeking support

* Evidence of leadership and community service


Instructions :

  1. Complete application form online (PLEASE NOTE: Application period has closed for this year). Note:  Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. 
  2. Notify the individuals you are seeking letters of recommendation from to submit their letters of recommendation to The subject line in the email should include the first and last name of the scholarship applicant and the type of recommendation, either academic or advocacy. Example: “Email Subject Line: Juniper M. Hines- Academic Letter of Recommendation”. Or “Email Subject Line: James K. Stubbs- Advocacy Letter of Recommendation”.


Important Dates:

Scholarship Release Date: June 1, 2016

Scholarship Due Date: July 5th 2016

Notification of Award: August  22nd 2016

Distribution of Funds: September 2016