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    • 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: http://www.mydollar.org/

    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: Virgo@jitfosteryouth.org

    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: https://promises2kids.org/guardian-scholars/

    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: https://www.fc2success.org

    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: https://www.jbaforyouth.org/burton-book-fund-information/

    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: https://www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students/

    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: https://www.sdfoundation.org/students/common-scholarship-app/