Dondiego Family Youth Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: Midnight CT, April 1st, 2024

Formerly known as our Youth Scholarship Fund.

The National Foster Parent Association will provide annual competitive scholarships of $500 each based on availability of funds.

Scholarships will be awarded for each of the following categories:

  • Foster Care – Youth
  • Kinship Care – Youth
  • Adoptive – Foster Youth
  • Resource Family – Biological Youth
  • Continuing Education

The applicant’s parent, or another supportive adult, must be a member of the NFPA. Scholarships are awarded to high school-level students who are graduating or getting their GED.

Application Requirements

  • Application and all attachments must be submitted before midnight on April 1st, 2024.
  • Applicant must have a parent, or other supportive adult, that is a member of the NFPA. They can join at
  • Must be in your senior year of high school (regardless of age).
  • Must provide a copy of high school transcript.
  • Must be at least 17 and no more than 21 years of age.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from foster parents, social workers, residential center, principal/teacher/guidance counselor, or employer.
  • Essay in 300-500 words on the topic, “How my foster care experience has impacted my future educational goals.”
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

When the scholarship has been awarded, the applicant:

  • Must provide a copy of college acceptance.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment.

Honoring the Dondiego Family

To pay homage to the tremendous contributions of Sue Dondiego and her daughter Mary Beth to the National Foster Parent Associaton and to children in the state of New Jersey, as of 2024 we have renamed this scholarship program in their honor.

Assist the NFPA in providing annual scholarships to deserving children.

Scholarship Category Definitions

  • Foster Care – Youth in foster care at time of application or foster care alumni.
  • Kinship Care – Youth in kinship care at time of application or kinship care alumni.
  • Adoptive – Youth adopted from the foster care system.
  • Resource Family Biological Youth – Birth child of a resource family.
  • Continuing Education – Former foster youth wishing to continue their education through Technical
    School enrollment or College enrollment beyond their first year.

Gordon Evans Scholarship

One annual $500 honorary scholarship will be awarded to the highest score in the youth scholarship categories above.

This scholarship is designated as the Gordon Evans Scholarship in memory of a man who gave so much of himself to the NFPA and the many children he fostered, as well as the untold numbers of people whose lives he affected.

Apply Now for 2024 Scholarship

Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to our well-deserving Scholarship Awardees! The National Foster Parent Association is proud of your success and wishes you the best of luck in your future!

See our Resources page for a list of great scholarship resources.


Nevaeh O. – NJ
Daniel F. – CA
Toni B. – VA
Ryan S. – CT


Krystal H. – AR
Breanna B. – TX
Nicholas J. – VA
Emilia P. – MD
Jada P. – MD


Jillian Y. – NC
Eyhdi O. – NY
Samantha T. – NJ
Dylan B. – LA
Nevaeh B. – WA


Sonya M. – CA
Amaya H. – NY
Anastasia P. – KY
Isaiah H. – AZ
Dwayne G. – MD


Katie N. – NE
Nathan F. – MI
Monica M. – CA
Danger W. – CA
Aye S. – WI



Karen S. – CA
Alexis B. – WI
Shane U. – CA
Henrique F. – CT
Stephanie T. – NJ


Manuella Y. – NY
Jahika H. – NY
Miguel G. – VA
Mary H. – VT
Alyssa R. – OK


Wriston H. – NC
Kushun R. – MO
Placy L. – NM
Jordan G. – FL
Savananah F. – FL


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