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Scholarships

Chafee


Chafee is a California State Grant provided to Foster youth demonstrating financial need. Students may receive up to $5000 a year.

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

Is an Orange County based organization providing housing, scholarship for college, mentoring and other services for foster youth.

Josh Aguirre Scholarship

A Scholarship provided by the Guardian Scholars Program every spring semester. Amounts vary semester to semester.

Qualifications:

·        Must have completed 12 units of coursework at OCC at the time of application.

·        Must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

·        Must be a Guardian Scholar student in “good standing” by competing program requirements.

OCC Scholarship Office:

The OCC Scholarship office offers scholarships to students in good standing who show academic and social promise during their time attending Orange Coast College. Please visit the Orange Coast College Website for further information, or please click the link above to learn more.

Scholarships for Out of County Youth: "Fostering Change"

Fostering Change is a San Diego based organization dedicated to helping San Diego foster youth make a successful transition out of the system and into adulthood. Please click the link above to learn more.

United Friends of the Children: 

A Los Angeles based organization dedicated to helping Los Angeles foster youth make a successful transition out of the system into adulthood. Please click the link above to learn more.  

San Diego  County:

Camellia Network

An online network where youth aging out of the foster care system are able to obtain critical resources, opportunities and support needed to thrive in adulthood. Please click the link above to learn more. 

California Youth Connection: 

A statewide nonprofit organization led by current and former foster youth. CYC provides youth with the opportunity for involvement through the development of leadership and professional skills. Please click the link to learn more. 

FosterClub: 

FosterClub has partnered with CA College Pathways and the Education Equals Partnership to assemble resources through social media, specifically for youth/alumni of foster care, and specifically for those either those looking to pursue, or already in higher education.  Through resources like the California Scholars Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/CaliforniaScholars), young people in/from care are notified of unique resources and opportunities, such as book funds, free laptops, scholarships, paid internships, important educational date announcements, etc.  Our scholars also share their announcements, resources they have found, and stories.   For information regarding youth participation in conferences, panels and more please visit the Facebook link.  ​

Ifoster.org

An online organization that provides foster youth with resources ranging from technology (laptops), to discounts for Disney, Six Flags, discounts include Health and Wellness services such as braces, free eye exams and eye glasses. Please Plea click the link above to learn more. 

Orange County 211

A 24 hour hotline and website for resources for people within the Orange County area. Resources include Food, Transportation, Housing assistance, Medical, Dental and Vision care to name a few. If you need assistance with resources please dial 211 on your cellphone and your call will be routed to this organization. 

Orange County Social Services

A one stop website where individuals can learn how to apply for various government assistance programs. Including CalFresh (Food stamps), Medi-Cal and other services specific and not specific to foster youth. Please click the link to learn more.

Housing Resources

Aspiranet

An organization providing housing for former foster you. Lakeview Aisle (LV Aisle Application): This program is located in the city of Irvine. Please submit an application and direct all question to the person listed on the application. Please click on link above to website.

Rising Tides:

A program by Orangewood Children’s Foundation includes 4 different locations throughout Orange County, meant for motivated foster youth age 18 and older looking to make a successful transition to independence. 

THP-Plus:  

A statewide transitional housing program providing affordable housing and an wide range of supportive services, including job training, educational support and counseling. 


*Guardian Scholars has additional scholarship opportunities available in the office*
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