Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth

This scholarship program 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. Awards can be up to $10,000 per year. The average award size is approximately $5,000.

Eligibility: Students who meet ALL of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Were in the foster care system in Colorado for a minimum of 24 months between the ages of 13 and 21 (months do not need to have been consecutive, although the total should be 24 months before the scholarship deadline). Applicants who meet this requirement AND are emancipated, were adopted at age 15 or older, or are participating in the Guardianship Assistance Program, Independent Living Arrangement, or similar programs are eligible to apply.
- Will be age 25 or younger on September 1st.
- Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year.
- Are planning to attend an accredited trade or technical school, community college, or four-year college/university for the upcoming academic year.

Selection: Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement/potential, motivation, the potential for success in their chosen program and field, and financial need.

Award: Scholarship awards are based on financial need, the strength of the student application, and the student’s educational plan. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution and may be used for tuition, fees, and required books and supplies for the upcoming academic year. An individual can receive a scholarship award from this fund for a maximum of four years. Awards may be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate study at any accredited U.S. trade or technical school, community college, or four-year college/university. Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university.

Contact: Questions? Contact Charmaine Brown at cbrown@denverfoundation.org.

Helen M. McLoraine
Supplemental Questions
  1. Recipients have a max limit of four years to receive the Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship. Please share if you are a:
  2. How did you learn about this scholarship opportunity?
  3. Foster Care Information - Please check all that apply:
  4. Confirmation of Time in Foster Care
    • Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency - Submit the Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency Form. The county clerk from the county where you were in placement should fill out this document. You can download a copy of the form "here": https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Administration/Planning_and_Analysis/Family%20Law%20Programs/CIP/Resources/Confirmation%20of%20Foster%20Care%20Dependency.pdf. Instead of this form, you may submit a letter from a Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, CASA, or Guardian ad Litem verifying your time in foster care. This letter must be written on professional letterhead and include the following information: verification that you were in the foster care system, date you entered the foster care system, total number of months in the foster care system, the advocate’s name, phone number and title, their relationship to you, and the length of time they have been your personal advocate.
    • Please list (or estimate if you are not sure) the dates which you were in foster care in Colorado (ex. June 2006-October 2008 and December 2009-March 2011)
    • Total Number of Months in Foster Care Between the Ages of 13 and 21 (as of the deadline date of this opportunity).
  5. Please provide information related to your advocate. This information is only used by The Denver Foundation staff in the event there are questions regarding the confirmation of your time in foster care and will not be reviewed by anyone on the scholarship selection committee.
    • 1. Do you give your Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, CASA or Guardian ad Litem permission to verify information or answer additional questions?
    • 2. First and Last Name of Advocate - Write "NA" if you answered No above.
    • 3. Phone Number/Email of Advocate - Write "NA" if you answered No above.
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