The National Voice of Foster Parents

2018 Scholarship Application

The National Foster Parent Association Youth Scholarship Fund was established to benefit foster, adoptive and birth children of NFPA members.

  • One scholarship each year is designated the Gordon Evans Scholarship in memory of a man who gave so much of himself to NFPA and the many children he fostered, as well as the untold numbers of people whose lives he affected.
  • Up to five scholarships of $500 are awarded annually.
  • Scholarships may be awarded to current foster children, biological, or adopted children of an NFPA member.

Scholarship awards are granted for post-secondary education, including college/university, vocational, or job training.

2018 Timeline

Application Open:

January 26, 2018

Submission Deadline:

April 2, 2018

Acceptance Notices:

April 27, 2018


  • complete the online application form (paper forms not accepted)
  • submit the application and all attachments on or before March 23, 2018
  • have a parent or adult that is a member of NFPA ( they can join now )
  • a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation from foster parents, social workers, residential center, principal/teacher/guidance counselor, employer, etc. will be required with each application
  • an essay in 300-500 words on "How my foster care experience has shaped my future goals"
  • either submit the required documentation with your online form, or email all documentation as attachments in a single email to 

If you plan to attend a College/University:

  • must be in your senior year of high school (regardless of age)
  • must provide a copy of high school transcript
  • must return unused portion or appropriate percentage if withdrawing from college/university or do not maintain grade point averages required by the institution

If you plan to attend a Vocational/Technical School or Junior College:

  • must be at least 17 and no more than 21 years of age (either in school or out)
  • must return unused portion or appropriate percentage if withdrawing from course/program or do not maintain grade point average required by the course/program

Scholarship applications must be submitted on or before April 2, 2018.

The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. The NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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