New Children's Aid Foundation National Youth Scholarship Deadline April 21st, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST

We are excited to share a new ($2500 annually) scholarship opportunity from one of our national corporate partners. This scholarship is designed to reach youth affected by child welfare who have experienced all types of care or youth custody--not just Crown or Permanent Wards. You may know students who are eligible to apply for this scholarship and use the funds in addition to any scholarship/bursary funding they are receiving from us or other sources. We appreciate it if you can circulate the attached poster to your networks and youth widely ASAP-- the April 21st deadline is coming up very fast and we hope to get these funds to as many young people as possible. Find out more and view the application on our website.

What's different about this scholarship?

Unlike other scholarships for youth from care, for this national scholarship:

  • Students do not need Crown Ward/permanent care status for this scholarship; it is open to anyone who experienced 12 cumulative months in government care, including foster care and youth custody centres
  • Students are guaranteed renewed funding for the length of their program renewal
  • Students must be starting their first year of a 2-4 year program in September, 2017
  • Funds will be transferred directly to school to cover tuition
  • Students are eligible for job interview opportunities with the corporate partner (partner TBA shortly)
  • Enrollment--not grades--are a factor for this scholarship selection

Eligibility

To qualify for this new scholarship:

  • You are age 24 or under at time of application
  • You have experienced (or are currently experiencing) a minimum, cumulative total of 12 months in provincial government care before age 18 (including: permanent or continuing care/Crown Ward, temporary care, voluntary care, customary care, kith/kin or extended family placements, youth agreement/independent living, custody centres)
  • You are currently accepted or awaiting acceptance to a post-secondary program (academic, technical or vocational), at a recognized public post-secondary institution or a registered private post-secondary institution starting in September 2017
  • You are beginning the first year of a new 2-4 year program (does not need to be your first program)
  • You will be a full-time student
  • Demonstrated financial need (your income/sources of funds total less than $50,000/year)
  • Demonstrated contributions to the community (minimum of 20 cumulative hours spent giving back eg. volunteering, working for a community organization, community activism/advocacy)
  • Submitted a complete application and supporting documents no later than the deadline of April 21st, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST (supporting documents may be submitted until Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST)

Please direct any questions and concerns to Lisa Mickleborough: lmickleborough@cafdn.org | 416-923-0924 X215.

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