Alabama’s Fostering Hope
Scholarship is a state-funded investment in the post-secondary
education and training goals of qualified youth who were in the foster care
system when they earned their high school diploma or GED. Fostering Hope
covers tuition and required fees to the 42 public colleges and universities
in Alabama. Fostering Hope funding can also extend to approved
certification programs which will allow youth to obtain gainful
employment. Applicants must complete the funding application process each
year which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the
school to our funding vendor (WAF) confirming enrollment. Fostering Hope
funding is sent directly to schools each semester.
•Youth must be a current or former foster student who:
·Was in Foster care when they graduated high school or completed
their GED OR
·Was adopted from foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER
their 14th birthday OR
·Was granted Kinship Guardianship from Alabama foster care AFTER
their 14th birthday.
•Youth must have net personal assets less than $30,000 subject to
adjustment to account for inflation.
•Youth must be funded before their 26th birthday.
Youth who earn grants, scholarships, or other awards (excluding loans)
sufficient to pay tuition, room and board, and other fees, may not participate
in the Fostering Hope program.