Post-Secondary Scholarship

AFFCF’s Post-Secondary Scholarship program funds tuition and fees for young people who age out of foster care in Arizona and wish to attend a university or community college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As a foster youth with no stable place, I have found purpose, meaning and fulfillment through education.

– Rico

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES

Each of our student-applicants has a unique history that is considered in the scholarship process.

1. AFFCF’s primary criterion is that the student-applicant was a ward of the State of Arizona when they turned 18 years of age, that is, student was not adopted, awarded guardianship or reunited with his/her biological parents prior to aging out of the Department of Child Safety’s care. Prospective applicants who have signed a voluntary with DCS past their 18th birthday are also eligible.

2. AFFCF will not consider first-time applicants older than 24 years of age.

3. In order to be accepted into the program and remain eligible for a renewal each semester, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

4. Scholarships are awarded for two semesters. Scholarships are eligible to be renewed for an additional two semesters after the first two semesters, however renewal is not guaranteed. The maximum number of semesters that a student may receive the scholarship, if consistently selected for renewal, is 10 semesters.

5. Four-year college/university applicants are eligible to receive awards up to $5,000 per calendar year ($2,500 per semester). To be eligible for the maximum four-year college/university award ($2,500 per semester), students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Four-year college/university applicants with cumulative GPAs between 2.0 and 2.5 are eligible to receive $2,000 per calendar year ($1,000 per semester).

6. Community college applicants are eligible to receive awards up to $2,000 per calendar year ($1,000 per semester).

7. Eligibility for scholarships is for two semesters. Students must provide specific documents each semester before AFFCF will renew and disburse their academic scholarship award. After two semesters, students can submit renewal documents to continue in the scholarship program, however renewal is not guaranteed.

8. AFFCF will not fund retakes of failed or withdrawn coursework.

9. Students who have a chronic history of failing or withdrawing from courses will be put on a probationary status for a period of no more than two semesters. Scholarship eligibility will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester. A student who does not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0 more than two consecutive semesters will be automatically dropped from eligibility and will need to complete the full scholarship application to be considered for re-admittance into the program.

10. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of approval.

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS

Complete the Post-Secondary Scholarship Application and include the following:

 

  • One letter of recommendation: personal or academic. An academic letter of recommendation (from a teacher/professor who had the student in class or a tutor who worked with the student) is preferred.
  • Student’s most recent transcript (A GED certificate is acceptable instead of a transcript for a student who passed the GED.)
  • Student’s FAFSA Summary Aid Report (SAR)
  • Student’s upcoming class schedule (minimum enrollment of six credit hours required)

Spring 2021 Semester Application Period:
November 15 – December 15, 2020

RENEWAL STUDENTS

Each semester, renewal students (who have already been accepted into the AFFCF Scholarship program) must provide AFFCF with the following to be eligible to renew their scholarship.

  • Student’s unofficial transcript displaying grades and cumulative GPA from most recent semester
  • Student’s upcoming class schedule (minimum enrollment of six credit hours required)

 

Spring 2021 Semester Renewal Period:
December 15 – 31, 2020

DREAM IT. LEARN IT. DO IT.

Whether you are currently in foster care, were in foster care, have aged out of foster care, or are someone who works with youth in foster care, this education guide will provide information about the resources that are available to help young adults reach their educational goals. Click on the image to the left or the button below to access our Post-Secondary Education Resource Guide!

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

The application and renewal periods for the Spring 2021 semester are as follows:

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Click here to apply. The last day for submission is December 15, 2020.

RENEWAL STUDENTS: December 15 – 31, 2020

Renewal documentation to submit must include a copy of the student’s transcript showing your Fall 2020 grades and the student’s cumulative GPA and the student’s class registration for Spring 2021 semester (minimum enrollment of six credit hours required). Click here to renew. The last day for submission is December 31, 2020.

“Failure isn’t fixed into our destiny. We are driven and talented, and we are capable of making smart decisions and taking the right path in life. We have goals and are ambitious. We have dreams and want to be successful.”

– Cheyenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP FAQs

Who is eligible for the AFFCF Scholarship program?

The scholarship program is open to those who meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (or proof of having passed the GED)
  • Reached (or will reach) age 18 in foster care as a ward of the state of Arizona
  • Will enroll in at least six credit hours in college for the upcoming semester
  • Not yet turned 25 years old.

What Will I Need to Complete My Application?

It will be easiest to complete the application on a computer because you will need to upload documents.

 

  • You will need to have your class schedule for the upcoming semester (showing enrollment in at least six credit hours)
  • You will need to have your most recent transcript (unofficial is fine) or proof of having passed the GED
  • You will need to have your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • You will need to write a personal essay about your goals in pursing post-secondary education (minimum 250 words)
  • You will need to have a letter of recommendation from a personal reference
  • You will need to have a letter of recommendation from an academic reference (a professor or teacher who had you in class, or a tutor who worked with you)
  • If you would like to include a photo that you feel best represents yourself, you should have one picked out.

WHAT IF I PASSED THE GED, BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW A CUMULATIVE GPA?

Please answer “Yes” to the question about having a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on the application and upload proof of having passed the GED.

Do I have to complete the application in one sitting?

No, you can sign in and out of your account as many times as you need to during the application period. The system automatically saves your work.

Do I need to have my letters of recommendation to begin the application?

No. You can start the application and add in your letters of recommendation once you receive them. You will need to attach them and submit your application prior to the application deadline.

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You can also choose to email your references through the application itself. AFFCF recommends that you speak to your references about providing letters of recommendation before emailing them the request through the application. When you email your references through the application, they receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation directly to your application. You still need to submit your application prior to the application deadline.

If your references do not provide your letters of recommendation through the system, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Where do I make my account and apply for the AFFCF Scholarship program?

Where do I get more information about financial aid and other resources?

The AFFCF Post-Secondary Education Resource Guide is very useful and contains a lot of valuable information. An online version (with clickable links) is available here.

What if I have a question that's not listed here?

Please contact AFFCF’s Post-Secondary program coordinator, Erika Klotz, at eklotz@affcf.org or 602.775.5786.

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