College is more important than ever, but also more expensive than ever. Scholarships provide an opportunity for foster youth to earn an education, and help youth spend less time working, and more time focusing on their studies. Although tuition fees may make youth think twice. That is exactly why youth should start finding and applying for scholarships so they won’t struggle with a debt upon graduation. Scholarships are not only for those with good grades and can provide foster youth the financial bump needed to take a leap and enroll in a degree.
If you are enrolled at a NSHE college/university (i.e. a public Nevada college/university) or working on enrolling, there is a limited, one-time funding source that can assist students with academic and/or living expenses (rent, utilities, technological equipment such as a laptop, internet bill, phone bill, grocery costs, etc.). This resource can cover things that other funding won’t cover, such as outstanding student balances.
Key Eligibility Info:
• Must have spent time in foster care (in the custody of the court) and/or the juvenile justice system—in any state, at any age
• There is no age limit
• Undocumented youth/students ARE eligible
• High school seniors with college-related costs also qualify
Please contact Laura Obrist, NSHE Foster Youth Ambassador, for more info: 702-522-7035 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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