Educational Scholarship Opportunities for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth - Deadline to Apply April 21

If you have been working with a young person on an application, please check in with them to ensure that they successfully submitted the application. Click on the links below for more information.

Helen McLoraine was deeply influenced by her mother’s dedication to philanthropy and became a generous benefactor in the areas of education, youth social welfare, figure skating and medical research. She was especially committed to small nonprofit organizations with great missions and small resources. A gift from her estate was used to create a number of scholarship programs at The Denver Foundation.

The Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth - Deadline April 21

The Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth was created to provide educational scholarships for foster care youth who are emancipated or are in the process of preparing to emancipate from the foster care system in Colorado. Scholarship awards can be up to $10,000 per year for a total of four years. This scholarship is statewide so please feel free to forward my email broadly (and let me know if you have recommendations of additional networks that might be able to spread the word).

Eligibility: Students who meet ALL of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Were in the foster care system in Colorado for a minimum of 24 months between the ages of 13 and 18 (months do not need to have been consecutive, although the total should be 24 months before the scholarship deadline). Applicants who meet this requirement AND are emancipated, were adopted at age 15 or older, or are participating in the Guardianship Assistance Program or Independent Living Arrangement are eligible to apply.
- Will be age 25 or younger on August 15, 2017.
- Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Are planning to attend an accredited trade or technical school, community college or four-year college/university for the 2017-2018 academic year.

PLEASE NOTE: Only complete and eligible scholarship applications will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Selection: Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement/potential, motivation, potential for success in their chosen program and field, and financial need.

Award: Scholarship awards are based on financial need, the strength of the student application, and the student’s educational plan. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution and may be used for tuition, fees, and required books and supplies for the 2017-2018 school year. An individual can receive a scholarship award from this fund for a maximum of four years. Awards may be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate study at any accredited U.S. trade or technical school, community college, or four-year college/university. Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university.

Click HERE for more information. 

Reapplication – Students who have RECEIVED funding from this scholarship program in previous years may fill out the reapplication (it has fewer questions). Please visit the following link and be sure to start the application that says “reapplication” in the title.

 

Helen M. McLoraine Opportunity Scholarship - Deadline April 14

This scholarship program was created to provide educational scholarships for individuals who have had to face extraordinary or challenging circumstances, have actively taken steps to improve their lives, and are committed to advancing their education. This program is open to clients and former clients of select nonprofit agencies.

Eligibility:
- Be a client, or former client, of one of the seventeen nonprofit organizations participating in the program. Former clients must have received services within fifteen years of the application deadline. Participating organizations include: select Boys and Girls Clubs, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Emily Krzyzewski Center, Escuela De Guadalupe, Excelsior Youth Center, Figure Skating in Harlem, Mount Saint Vincent Home, On Our Own, PHAMALY, Urban Peak, Warren Village, and WINGS Foundation.
- Completed the criteria listed for their organization by the application deadline. For a list of the specific criteria, please click here.
- Currently enrolled at an accredited post-secondary school in the United States and/or be planning to study full-time or part-time for the upcoming academic year

Selection: Scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded once each year through a competitive process based on academic achievement/potential, recommendation letters, financial need, and a personal statement.

Award: Awards can be used toward tuition, fees, and required books and supplies for full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate study at technical school, community college, or four-year college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year. Individuals who have received an award in the past and are still enrolled in school are encouraged to apply for additional funding.

This scholarship program was created to provide educational scholarships for individuals who have had to face extraordinary or challenging circumstances, have actively taken steps to improve their lives, and are committed to advancing their education. This program is open to clients and former clients of select nonprofit agencies.

Click HERE for more information. 

Contact: Questions? Contact Charmaine Brown at 303.996.7328 or cbrown@denverfoundation.org.

 

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