• Tasha Matthews, Peer Advocate

Scholarships Galore!!!

Looking for some places to receive funding for college? Here are 7 really useful scholarships to look into and start applying to when they open!

Fostering Opportunities (previously Dollars for Scholars)

Next Deadline: For Spring Semester (or Winter and Spring Quarter), October 10th!


  • You must attend an accredited public college or university in San Diego County.

  • You must be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours per semester.

  • You must have a 2.0 GPA or above each semester.

Website link:

JIT Master Your Dreams

Next Deadline: End of April


  • Be a participant of Just in Time for foster youth

  • Pursuing a Master’s program (this might be something to keep in mind when you graduate from a four year university!)

  • Mandatory celebration in June

Contact Information:

Promises2Kids: Guardian Scholars

Next Deadline: Open until March 2nd


  • Current or former San Diego County foster youth.

  • In the fall, will be enrolled full-time in a higher education program.

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

  • If you will reside in San Diego, agree to be matched with a mentor.

  • In the fall, obtain part-time employment, unless a special circumstance has been approved.

  • Meet monthly requirements with deadlines and maintain regular communication.

Website Link:

FC2Success | Foster Care to Success: for next year

Next Deadline: January 1st – March 31st annually


  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted

  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from Foster Care to Success

  • Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States. U.S. citizenship is not required.

  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post secondary school

Awards range from $2,500-$5,000 based on a combination of need and merit

This scholarship is renewable: Up to five years if the student remains compliant with program requirements​

NOTE: This is an undergraduate scholarship only.

Website Link:

John Burton Advocates for Youth Textbook Drive

Next Deadline:N/A


  • Be a foster youth going to any of public colleges and universities listed.

Contact Info: Connect with foster care liaisons at your college or university for textbook funding with JBAY.

Website Link:

Casey Family Scholars Program

Next Deadline:

  • Undergraduate: March 1-May 1 and August 1-October 1 annually

  • Graduate: February 1-April 1 annually


  • Have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Programs in Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington or Wyoming

  • Be starting or currently attending a technical school, college or university in pursuit of a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or postgraduate degree (Eligibility is confirmed by the funder, NOT by Foster Care to Success)

This grant is renewable:

  • Undergraduate up to six years

  • Graduate up to four years

Website Link:

The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship

Next Deadline: N/A


  • Commitment to your education

  • Potential for success in college

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0

  • Participation in community service, extracurricular activities and/or work experience

  • Need of help to pay for school (including middle-income families)

Website Link:

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