Scholarships & Grants for Foster Youth in NJ

Apply for FAFS’ Private Scholarships & Grants for Foster, Adopted & KLG Youth in NJ

Learn about the eligibility requirements and availability of FAFS’ Private Scholarships & Independent Living Opportunity Grants for Foster, Adopted & KLG Youth in NJ

The 2017 FAFS Private Scholarship & Grants program application is now available.

FAFS offers privately funded academic scholarships & opportunity grants for foster youth, youth who were in foster care, were adopted or have entered Kinship Legal Guardianship through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency or DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, or DYFS) in New Jersey. These awards are available to High School Seniors to assist in obtaining a higher education or with moving into the next phase of their lives. The funding for these awards is made possible through the generosity of dedicated benefactors and members.

More Information on Private Scholarships & Opportunity Grants for Foster Adoptive & KLG Youth in NJ

The number of private scholarships & opportunity grants vary from year to year, depending on donations received.

If you are graduating High School in 2017 and would like to be added to the mailing list, please sign up for our mailing list or contact the Scholarship Department at 1.800.222.0047.

Learn More About Private Scholarships & Grants for Foster Youth & Youth Adopted from Foster Care in NJ

Please click on the names below to learn more about the scholarships and opportunity grants available for foster youth in NJ through the FAFS Private Scholarships and Grants program.

Fran and Jack Borgenicht Opportunity Grant

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This grant honors Fran and Jack Borgenicht, both of whom have a long philanthropic history, particularly in supporting foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Morris County and the State of New Jersey. After Jack’s passing, Fran has continued their charitable efforts, serving on several Foundation boards and helping to found the FAFS Foundation in 2008. Fran serves as one of the Foundation’s charter Board of Trustees, as it aids FAFS in its mission to improve the lives of our children.Purpose: To create an opportunity for a young person to succeed in the next phase of his/her life. This might include higher education, additional training, trade school, vocational school, and/or independent living.

Download the Fran and Jack Borgenicht Opportunity Grant application packet
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Bernard and Sue Dondiego Opportunity Grant

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This grant honors Bernie and Sue Dondiego, both of whom are founding members and past presidents of FAFS. They have been dynamic child advocates for almost a half-century. During this time, they fostered 38 children. They continue to be actively involved by serving on several FAFS committees. Sue and Bernie’s invaluable services continue to aid FAFS in achieving its mission to improve the lives of our children.

Purpose: To create an opportunity for a young person to succeed in the next phase of his/her life. This might include higher education, additional training, trade school, vocational school, and/or independent living.

Download the Bernard and Sue Dondiego Opportunity Grant application packet

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Jane W. Smullen Opportunity Grant

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This grant is in memory of Jane, who worked tirelessly giving of herself in her profession as a nurse, as a deacon at her church, as a member of The Easter Star and with numerous other organizations, as well as in her day to day life. When she saw someone with a need, she did what she could to help them. Jane was truly an inspiration to all who knew her. She knew hardships and realized that there are times in life when someone needs a helping hand. At the age of 50, she was granted a full scholarship to go to nursing school and took every opportunity to pass her good fortune on to others. This grant, in her name, will continue to carry her spirit of kindness to others.

Purpose: To create an opportunity for a young person to succeed in the next phase of his/her life. This might include additional training, trade school, vocational school, and/or independent living.

Download the Jane W. Smullen Opportunity Grant application packet

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Hattie Talley Opportunity Grant

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Hattie Talley was one of the founding members of Foster and Adoptive Family Services and the first President of FAFS (formerly the New Jersey Foster Parents Association). As an adoptive, biological, and foster parent, Ms. Talley personified the caring, nurturing spirit that enables resource parents to open their hearts and homes to New Jersey’s most vulnerable children.

Purpose: To create an opportunity for a young person to succeed in the next phase of his/her life. This might include additional training, trade school, vocational school, and/or independent living.

Download the Hattie Talley Opportunity Grant application packet

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Jane Q. Goula Memorial Academic Scholarship

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Jane was a kind and compassionate woman who loved her family and friends. She was always ready to lend a helping hand, and she touched the lives of many. Although Jane never attended college, she was a successful business woman who greatly valued education. Jane passed away in 1997 and her family and friends thought it was fitting to honor her with this academic scholarship. We hope that this scholarship enables the young person who receives it to enrich his/her life by continuing his/her education.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college.

Download the Jane Q. Goula Memorial Academic Scholarship application packet

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Have a Heart Academic Scholarship

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The Have A Heart Academic Scholarship was established to celebrate the foster or adoptive youth with the strength, courage and dedication to change the world with the power of education.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college.

Download the Have a Heart Academic Scholarship application packet

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Teresa Ziegelhofer Memorial Academic Scholarship

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The Teresa Ziegelhofer Memorial Academic Scholarship was formed when a beloved member of the Ziegelhofer family, Teresa, was taken from them in May 2008, at the age of 30. The Ziegelhofer family had the good fortune of taking in Teresa as a foster child and later adopting her into the family. Teresa did not take the educational opportunities available to her after high school and learned later on in her life the importance of a good education. She came to believe that an education was vital in becoming the best person one could be. At the time of her death, she was pursuing her lifelong dream of achieving an associate’s degree. The family knows that Teresa is smiling in heaven watching another “chosen” individual become the recipient of this fine scholarship, so that he/she can pursue the dream that she could not fulfill.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college.

Download the Teresa Ziegelhofer Memorial Academic Scholarship application packet

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George W. Gens Memorial Academic Scholarship

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George W Gens was a WWII veteran and college professor for more than 30 years. He was a speech pathologist and is considered one of the “fathers” of the field in the state of New Jersey. George valued education and the institutions that enrich the lives of young adults. He provided many with the opportunity to improve their lives and his family is pleased to create this award to honor his legacy. He always looked to assist his family and in his honor, they would like to assist foster and adoptive youth advance their education and realize their full potential.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college

Download the George W. Gens Memorial Academic Scholarship

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Bergen County Academic Scholarship

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The Bergen County Scholarship was established to assist youth who were adopted, entered Kinship Legal Guardianship (KLG) in Bergen County or have an active case with the Bergen County Local Office of Child Protection and Permanency.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college
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Foster and Adoptive Family Services Employee Academic Scholarship

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Every day, all of FAFS’ employees, no matter what their job, take great joy in encouraging and empowering New Jersey’s young people who are, or were, in foster care. We are proud of the work we do, but we are more proud of the young men and women we serve, who each refuse to let their difficult past dim their bright future. It is our pleasure to award this scholarship, which will help them realize their dreams of continuing their education and becoming successful and fulfilled adults.

This inaugural FAFS Employee Academic Scholarship is awarded in honor of Mary Jane Awrachow, FAFS’ former CEO, who retired in January 2017 after 22 years of service. Her dedication to us, and to New Jersey’s foster, adoptive and kinship families, will never be forgotten.

Purpose: To recognize academic achievement and support advanced studies at an accredited college, university, community college, or junior college
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