Scholarships & Resources
Here we have multiple resources to help you find scholarships, financial aid, and grants. Below are scholarship search engines and important resources geared to helping foster youth successfully fund their education. Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen, Current Students, and Transfer Students, along with their deadlines are listed with short descriptions regarding their requirements or qualifications.
How to Find Scholarships
Here are some scholarship and financial aid search websites:
Search for scholarships by academic year, unique situation (For example: Students who received foster care), race, etc.
FinAid is the student guide to Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Loans. FinAid offers a free scholarship search as well as financial aid applications. You can also find grants you may be eligible for. FinAid also offers the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application*.
*FAFSA applications are accepted from January 1-March 2 of each year.
College Board offers a scholarship search and how to apply.
A free scholarship search with application strategies, information, contests, and grants. Search scholarships by grade level, major, state, and type. Also has great information about federal aid,financial aid, and student loans.
- Onward and Upwards is an organization that aims to help find scholarships and other financial resources that will help foster youth pay for their higher education. For more information go to:
- California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-Soap)works with the CSU system to prep High School students for college. Through many programs, Cal-Soap offers ACT/SAT prep classes, and scholarships. To find out more information go to:
- United Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization that offers College Readiness programs that prep High School foster youth for graduation from high school. Through their College Sponsorship, they offer financial support for foster youth attending CSUs. For more information about their programs, go to:
- Fostering Change offers programs that aim at foster youth completing high school with a diploma or GED, work and career planning, and college information. Fostering Change offers an array of programs for foster youth as well as important legal information. To find out more about their programs, go to:
- California Fostering Connections to Success has great information regarding Extended Foster Care and After 18 facts. For more information about SILP, Extended Foster Care or living agreements for foster youth, go to: