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Youth Scholarship Information

NFPA Youth Scholarship

The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships for foster youth, adopted youth, or biological youth of currently licensed foster parents, who wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college.

See the NFPA Youth Scholarship page for details.

International Student Foundation

ISF supports former foster youth and orphans who are interested in pursuing a degree with a 2-year or 4-year college.  We are looking for students who not only need financial support but who also have a keen interest in working with a mentor.  We provide personal one-on-one mentoring for each of our students and consider this to be our most important gift.  We also provide scholarships for those who are pursuing their Bachelor of Arts, Masters or Ph.D.  Below are the requirements of our applicants.  If you know of an ideal candidate, please direct them to our website,  They will find our links on the Home page or on the Students page.

ISF Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • have been in public or private foster care; OR have been placed into legal guardianship from foster care; OR have been orphaned, prior to the age of 18, without the support of both parents for at least one year.  If currently adopted or in the process of adoption then applicant is not eligible.
  • have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited college or other post-secondary school as a full-time (minimum 12 hours) student.
  • have a current overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • be under the age of 26 on March 31 of the year in which they first apply. (March 31, 2013).
  • have submitted the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.
  • be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month (via phone) to a personal mentor and to reading assigned curriculum throughout the life of the ISF agreement.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Recipients receive a $22,000 scholarship which is disbursed over the course of their collegiate career. Scholars attend the National Scholars Conference which takes place in Washington, DC in April and they receive access to various support services offered by the Horatio Alger Association which include:

  • Financial aid counseling
  • Mentoring Program
  • Free housing opportunities at Campus Crest Communities
  • 24-hour support and referral line
  • Scholar and Alumni meetings/events
  • Graduate school grant opportunities
  • Special assistance grants
  • Involvement with an active Alumni Association
For more information visit the Horatio Alger Scholarship website

Foster Youth: Tips for Completing the FAFSA!

Having trouble filling out the FAFSA?
Click here for great tips on filling out the FAFSA from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Other Scholarship Opportunities


Donate to the NFPA Scholarship

You have the opportunity to aid children and youth in foster care by your financial support, contributions, memorials, and honoraria for the Scholarship Program, in any amount, which is welcome and tax deductible.

The National Foster Parent Association is a non-profit, voluntary organization established in 1972 with tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code.  The National Foster Parent Association depends upon public donations to continue its work. You can help!

Making a donation to the NFPA Scholarship fund in secure and easy.  When we receive your donation, we will send you an acknowledgment in the mail for tax purposes.  Click here to make a donation to the NFPA Youth Scholarship Fund.

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