Fostering Opportunity Scholarship Fund’s (FOSF) goal is to expand the educational opportunities for foster students by providing financial support for their higher education endeavors. We pair our scholarship recipients with mentors, who can lend supportive ear and offer advice, as each student transitions into their new environment and meets the challenges of higher education.
The San Diego County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides occupational training courses to help individuals acquire entry level job skills, upgrade or retrain, and/or prepare for advanced technical training. ROP Centers provide information about courses. Services include training in job seeking/keeping skills. Program duration for typical successful client may be up to 1 year.
The Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Unit responds to, assists, and empowers all systems that support students who are in foster care or are homeless. FYS Programs are designed to prepare foster youth to become successful, self-sufficient and independent adults.
The Common Scholarship Application uses one online application to access more than 100 scholarships.
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The Mana de San Diego Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to Latinas enrolled in community college or university. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants pursuing a Bachelor degree through doctoral programs. About $30,000 in scholarships are awarded yearly. Recipients are selected based on academic and non academic criteria of the applicant including: leadership, community involvement, educational aspiration, career goals, grade point average, special circumstances and financial need.
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need.
Change a Life Foundation’s Scholarship Program is designed to bridge the financial gap for college-bound students. Scholarships assist economically disadvantaged students who excel academically to attend the university or college of their choice. Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000 for unmet university expenses in the areas of tuition, housing, meal plan, books, and health insurance.
The Foster Youth Initiative helps foster youth attain college degrees and prepare to become successful adults. Students enroll in Social Work 120: Introduction to Social Work at SDSU and upon completion receive three college and three high school credits. Students are then assisted throughout their senior years in researching colleges, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and emancipating from the foster care system successfully.
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