• July/August 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 4

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Scholarships and Mentoring Available for Foster Youth

Casey Family Programs and the Orphan Foundation of America have joined together to help decrease financial barriers to higher education faced by foster youth and increase their chances of success through mentoring.

Beginning with the 2001-02 school year, Casey Family Programs will provide $1,000,000 for Casey Family Scholars. The program will be administered by Orphan Foundation of America (OFA).

Any former foster youth under age 25 and meeting the following criteria may apply for a scholarship of up to $10,000:

  • Has been accepted into an accredited postsecondary school or program (including technical or vocational schools)
  • Was in public or private foster care for a minimum of 12 months at the time of his or her18th birthday
  • Was not subsequently adopted
  • Shows evidence of financial need.

All Casey Family Scholars will be offered e-mentoring over the course of their postsecondary study along with other supports. The scholarships are renewable every year. About 200 scholarships will be awarded for the 2001-2002 school year, with an average award of $5,000 per year.

For information about future awards, contact:

Casey Family Scholars Coordinator Orphan Foundation of America (OFA)
Tall Oaks Village Center
12020-D North Shore Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 571/203-0270
Fax: 571/203-0273
Website: http://www.orphan.org

Related Item

See the following related article in the June 2000 issue of the Children's Bureau Express (http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov):

  • "Tuition Waiver Availability for Foster Care Youth"

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