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Forward Steps Announces Guardian Scholars Scholarship for Foster Care Youth Transitioning to Independence
Nonprofit organization offers scholarship funds for post-secondary education and services that stress necessary life skills to create a personal path for success
BROOMFIELD, CO. – May 13, 2014 – Forward Steps today announced it will be offering a new Guardian Scholars Scholarship, for emancipated foster care youth in Colorado wishing to continue their post-secondary education. The scholarships will initially focus on students applying to The Community College of Denver. A nonprofit organization, Forward Steps is helping Colorado young adults transition from foster care to success by investing in their educational development and well-being.
“It is our responsibility to help inspire youth to dream, to achieve, and to know that they have the power to create their own new experiences so they can enjoy that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and pride,” said Sabrina Huffaker, Executive Director of Forward Steps. “As a trusted, dedicated resource, our organization makes a strong commitment to collaborate with each and every student, providing an individual-focused program that stresses the life skills necessary to create a personal path for success for ‘aging out’ foster care youth.”
Forward Steps achieves these goals through its highly dedicated members, knowledgeable resources, encouragement, and support. The Forward Steps Guardian Scholars Scholarship offers up to $6,000 per academic year to cover any unmet financial need based on the cost of attendance. Recipients must maintain at least 12 credit hours of continuous enrollment and good standing with a 2.5 GPA or above. Recipients also participate in additional services provided by the scholarship to create a well-rounded path to success. The scholarship is highly competitive – the top 10 applicants will be selected for the award.
Just in time for the month of May, National Foster Care Awareness month, Forward Steps and its partner FosterMore are making bold strides to help young adults create a positive future for themselves with knowledgeable, caring and dependable resources in a supportive environment.
More information, including the application process for the scholarship and ways to become a donor to the organization, is available at www.forwardsteps.org or by calling 303.404.9966.
The Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth provides educational scholarships for foster care youth who are emancipated or are in the process of preparing to emancipate from the foster care system in Colorado. Award amounts can be up to $10,000 per year based on the strength of the student application, education plan and unmet financial need, and can be used toward part-time or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited trade, vocational, community college or four-year school. The deadline for applications is March 28, 2014.
Forward Steps, a Colorado nonprofit helping young adults aging out of foster care transition to independence, received a $2,500 grant from the ABC Television group. This grant will help Forward Steps provide key program elements including housing, financial assistance, counseling and life skills training. The program is designed to provide the stability and support needed so these young adults can pursue their education during their transition to increased self-sufficiency and independence.