Private Scholarships & Grants for Foster Youth

Foster Care Scholarships

New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) offers many scholarships for foster children and children adopted from foster care in NJ.

As administrators of the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program, FAFS has helped thousands of eligible young people in foster care, adopted from foster care, and in Kinship Legal Guardianship or who have experienced homelessness achieve their dreams of pursuing a post-secondary education. Click here to learn more about the NJFC Scholars Program.

Private Scholarships and Grant Programs

FAFS also provides privately funded scholarships and grants for New Jersey foster children and children adopted from DCF who are high school seniors. Click here to learn more about the FAFS Private Scholarship and Grant Program. Click here to apply.

Please note that FAFS’ Private Scholarships & Opportunity Grants for Foster Youth and the NJFC Scholars Program are SEPARATE foster care scholarships. In some cases, students may qualify for both programs.

If you have questions about foster care scholarships and grants available through FAFS, please call 1.800.222.0047 and ask for the Scholarship Department or send an e-mail to

Camp Scholarships

FAFS’ summer camp scholarships for foster children in NJ give children in foster care the chance to attend a week of overnight camp where they can flourish and build self-confidence while having fun. Click here to learn more.

Academic and Career Exploration to Success

The Academic and Career Exploration to Success (ACES) program serves New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholar-eligible adolescents between the ages of 16-21 as they transition out of high school in the following counties: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.

Calendar of Events

We now conduct webinars based on request only.

Mailing List

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Resources for Foster Youth In or Applying for College

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) – If you are not already a participant in your post-secondary institution’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program you could be missing out on additional support. EOF… “provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey.” For schools that participate in the EOF, visit here. For more information about EOF at your specific school please visit their website.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web – Federal Student Aid Official Site

FAFSA Tip Sheet 2016-2017 – Help for filling out The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – “New Jersey authority that provides students and families with the financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school.” HESAA administers state aid such as the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) as well as other scholarship programs.

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