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Youth in Foster Care Scholarship

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 2, 2023
1 award worth


Grade level

College Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

June 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a college student in New Mexico that has been in the foster care system? If so, you might be interested in applying to the Youth in Foster Care Scholarship! This scholarship is open to students in New Mexico who have been in the foster care system and are pursuing a postsecondary education. The scholarship is offered by the Albuquerque Community Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing grants to improve the community in Albuquerque. Its creation was inspired by Jim and Anne Nelson, a couple who developed a deep understanding of the best interests and needs of foster youth and neglected children through their work with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Thus, the Youth in Foster Care scholarship aims to help those affected by an unstable childhood continue their education. Every year, one award of $1,000 is given to help a lucky student fund their undergraduate degree. If you are an undergraduate student from New Mexico who has been in the foster care system, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to undergraduate students between the ages of 17 and 21 who have been a part of the New Mexico foster care system for a minimum of 1 year. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA


Other Category

Foster Care


New Mexico

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and the below application materials.


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Albuquerque Community Foundation at [email protected] .

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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