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APPLY FOR A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.

We'll make your dreams come alive. 

Our scholarships help you offset college and living expenses so you can stay focused on completing your education and getting one step closer to your dreams. 

Are you enrolled in or planning to enroll in community college or vocational training?

If so, you are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship each year that you are in school. We'll also pair you with an amazing Pivotal coach who will walk beside you and connect you to all the resources available so you can stay focused on finishing your education. 

Are you enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, a 4-year college or university?

If so, you are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship each year that you are in school. You have the option to work with a coach remotely if you live outside our area. 

If you can answer yes to all of the these questions, you are probably eligible to receive a Pivotal Scholarship:

  • A current or former foster youth who was in an out-of-home placement (or KinGAP) for at least one day after your 13th birthday.
  • A current or former youth from the Santa Clara County or San Mateo County child welfare system, or you must be currently receiving ILP services from Santa Clara County.
  • A high school graduate (or soon to be high school graduate) with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Planning to enroll or already enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the fall semester.  
  • Committed to earning a college or vocational certificate, or a 2 or 4-year college degree.
  • Enrolled or expect to enroll in an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the fall semester.
  • Considered to have an “unmet” financial need, and willing to complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid). Most of the time, foster youth will qualify to receive the maximum federal aid available.

We'll open the application process again on January 31, 2019. In the meantime, here are some things you'll need to start collecting. 

 

Personal statement

You'll need to write a personal statement that tells us about who you are, explains your education goals and why you think we should award you a scholarship. 

 

Dependency Verification Letter or Copy of your Dependency Card

You can get this letter from your current county social worker, or, you may email Ms. Sachiko Iwata at the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services - Sachiko.iwata@ssa.sccgov.org - to request an electronic copy.  

Two  recommendation letters

Think of two people - not family members - who can write letters of support that address your education goals and the qualities that make you a good fit for our scholarship.

 

Copy of your transcripts

We will also need a copy of you official or unofficial transcripts from each school you attended. If you need help tracking these down, we'd be happy to help you with that. 

 

 

 

Check back in January to apply!