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APPLY HERE FOR A FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. 

We'll make your dreams come alive. 

Our scholarships help foster youth offset college and living expenses, so you can stay focused on your education and get one step closer to achieving your dreams! 

 

First, let's see if you meet our dependency requirements:

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If you're eligible based on the dependency criteria above AND you can answer YES following questions, you are definitely eligible for our scholarship! 

  • Do you have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA or a 2.0 cumulative college GPA?
  • Have you earned a High School Diploma or GED, or will you have earned one before the start of Fall 2019?
  • Do you need money for college? 

 

So, how much money can you get through our scholarships?  

If you're a foster youth who's already enrolled in or planning to enroll in community college or vocational training... 

you're eligible to receive up to a $3,000 scholarship for each year that you're in school, for a maximum of 5 years. We'll also pair you with an amazing Pivotal coach who will stick with you throughout your college journey, connects you to free tutoring, and helps you get a job when you're done with school.  

If you're a foster youth who's already enrolled in or planning to enroll in a 4-year college or university...

you're eligible to receive up to a $5,000 scholarship for each year that you're in school, for a maximum of 5 years. While you don't have to work with an amazing Pivotal coach, we'd be happy to pair you up with one if you'd like.  Our college coaches will help you only as much as you'd like them to. 

Ready to get started?  

 

Apply for Pivotal college scholarship

 

It can take a little while to complete the application. Be sure to save your work as you go and log out from the browser (especially if you're working on a public computer).  You'll also need to compile the following documents and upload them once you have them ready to go. 

Personal Statement

Please write a personal statement that tells us about who you are, what your educational goals are, and why you think we ought to award you a scholarship. 

Dependency Verification Letter or Copy of your Dependency Card

You can ask your current county social worker for a copy of either, or you can also email Ms. Sachiko Iwata at the SCDFCS - Sachiko.iwata@ssa.sccgov.org - to request an electronic copy.  

Two  recommendation letters

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

Copy of your academic transcripts

We'll also need a copy of your 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. 

 

 

 

Need some help before submitting? Please contact Glenda Castro, our scholarship specialist, at glenda.castro@pivotalnow.org or at 408-484-6211 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PST, Monday through Friday. 

 

ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 31, 2019.