Grants for Adopted Students

Adoption involves intimate personal, legal and social issues that when conflicts in one issue arise, all the rest are necessarily affected. Being an adoptive parent can be a joyful experience, especially if you don’t have any other child of your own but just like being a parent of your own biological children, you need to provide for everything that your adopted child needs. And when it comes to their college education, you would need all the help you can get. If you really are in need of financial help, you can apply for grants for adopted students to help you invest in their future.

Education Training Voucher (ETV) – this program is administered by the Orphan Foundation of America for the states which has it as part of their grants for adopted students. It provides grants coming from the federal government to eligible current and former foster children so they can pay for their college education. They can receive up to $5,000 per year.

California Chafee Grant – This grant is given to students currently or was in foster care in California but can actually be applied to any accredited school in other states. It can be received by eligible students on top of any other state or federal grant they may already be receiving. The grant money can also be used to pay for rent, transportation or even child care while the foster student is in school. Recipients must maintain high grades and stay in school to continue keeping this grant. You can get more information about the Chafee Grant website or through their address here:

California Student Aid Commission
Specialized Programs Operations Branch
California Chafee Grant Program
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029

Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth – This scholarship was established to help foster youth in the state of Washington earn their college degree. It is being supported by the current and former governors of Washington. The funds for this scholarship come from the proceeds of the annual Governor’s Cup for golf. Each year, 40 new scholars receive amounts ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. You can get more information from the program’s website.

Grants for adopted students are usually awarded based on several factors in addition to being in foster care at present or previously. They should be able to show they are in financial need and excel academically. Government agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, through their state counterparts, and various private institutions, colleges and universities have banded together to help these group of students who deserve a chance to pursue higher education but lacks financial means to support their studies. There are many more scholarships and grants available not listed here and you only need to look for them online and apply.

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