Guardian Scholars Network
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Financial Support Opportunities
Click on a program link below to learn more about special Foster Youth program benefits and information on how to apply.
- Priority Registration at Foothill College
- Chafee Grants: Up to $5000 a year for current and former foster youth.
- Silicon Valley Children’s Fund YES (Youth Education Scholars) Program and Scholarships
- iFoster (100s of resources, deep discounts, and freebies)
- Foundation for California Community Colleges
- Department of Social Services
Applying for Foster Youth Scholarships
Current and former foster youth are eligible for priority registration each quarter. This increases your chances of getting the classes you want at the times you want them.
- To be eligible, you just need to provide verification of your current/former foster youth status (if it hasn’t already been verified for you).
- You can do this through Foothill’s Financial Aid Office (which you may need to do to be considered independent on the FAFSA financial aid application if you are under 24 years of age) or through Foothill’s Admissions & Records Office.
- Contact Christine Johnson at the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or Roland Amit at the Admissions & Records Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to see whether you need further verification.
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don't have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you're in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
- CLICK HERE > Learn more and apply for the California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth
YES Scholarships offer scholarship funds and case management/coaching to full-time college students.
- If you were a dependent of the court and in an out-of-home foster care placement in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County for at least one day after your 13th birthday, you may be eligible.
- Viist the SVCF website for full details on YES program scholarships.
Please email Sherri Brooks at email@example.com with your information. If SVCF can tell that you will not be eligible, they will let you know and advise you about other scholarships that you may be eligible for. Learn more on the YES Program website.
- Visit ifoster.org to to take advantage of hundreds of resources, including free or deeply discounted laptops, phones, and other products, online personal assistance, job resources, etc. (too many to mention)!
- Open to current and former Foster/Kinship/Crossover Youth, ages 16 to 24 (but will accept some who are older)
- For more information, go to the iFoster for Youth website or call iFoster at 1-855-936-7837 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) has recognized that there is a significant deficit regarding youth from foster care attending higher education. Acknowledging this need, they are sponsoring a concerted effort called the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to bring issues affecting these youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access postsecondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but are often unknown to them.
Through the vision of the CCCCO, to create a statewide outreach and retention effort to better serve current and former youth from care, the FYSI was established. FYSI was built through CCCCO leadership and a strong foundation of individuals representing a myriad of agencies and postsecondary educational institutions that have formed a true collaborative effort that has evolved to become a statewide FYSI taskforce.
The goals of this initiative are to improve:
- Access to student services and resources
- Access to academic support
- Academic performance
- Completion of units
- Completion of programs and degreeP