College Scholarships for Adoptees

    Did you know that there are scholarships available for adoptees and fostered teens? 

    Many of these scholarships cover tuition cost, living expenses, care packages, and online mentorship. These scholarships are available to first-time college students and adoptees that are currently enrolled in college. Please read the guidelines to each scholarship for details.

    You may come across scholarships that will ask you to talk about your feelings or experience as an adoptee or foster kid, please do not let it deter you from applying. I know how difficult it can be because I was there before. I know how hard it is even today to share my adoption experience. However, I encourage you to be bold and step out on faith and apply. These scholarships were created for us, adoptees, don’t let these resources slip away from you. I also encourage you to be fearless and tell your story. Don’t let any doubt build up in your mind that you will not win or that you are not worthy of winning scholarship money because you are worthy of winning scholarships and so much more in your life.

    I won over $140,000 in scholarship money for college telling my story. I never believed college was for me. I had low self-esteem and low expectations for my life because I was an adoptee. However, I realized my story had power and yours does too! I want to see you live your best life. I want to see you live out your dream. Be all that you dream of being no matter your beginning.

    I believe in YOU!

    Please visit these websites and resources for scholarships specifically for adoptees and foster children:

    Fast Web: Scholarships for Adopted Children

    Adoption Network Law Center Scholarship (ANLC): “How has adoption changed my life”

    Scholarship Experts: Scholarships for Adopted and Fostered Children

    Orphan Foundation of America : Available for foster children 

    Foster Care to Success: Open to foster kids and foster kids that were adopted

    Korean Language Study Scholarships for Korean adoptees that are members of G.O.A.’L

    25 Great Scholarships for Adopted Children

    How to Cover College Expenses for Your Adopted Child 

    National Foster Parent Association-Fostered and Adopted Youth Scholarships

    If you have any questions or need any advice on applying for these scholarships, please leave a comment below.

    Please check back often as these websites and resources will be updated as more information becomes available.

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    Jessenia Parmer
    Jessenia Parmer
    I'm Jessenia. I am an adult adoptee with 10 years of experience advocating and fostering relationships with adoptees, and over five years of experience teaching adoptive parents how to have a successful and genuine relationship with their adopted child.


    1. Anonymous says:

      This site also offers scholarships up to $10,000 to adoptees and birthparents:

    2. Hey Jessenia,

      You should put all these up on Listly! Its a great tool for this kind of thing.. and then other people can add to it and anyone can embed in their sites. Plus they tend to rank well and get found.

      Anyway, that's my tool tip for the day. I have more sources especially for kids formerly in foster care here:

      • Hi Claud! As always, thank you for your support and tips! I have ever used Listly. I am going to check it now and create a list. I will check out list out too! Thanks again. You rock!

    3. Unknown says:

      Hey Jessenia, is this just for America, are there any England links on here, thanks Elley x

    4. AngelaDrags says:

      You always do the right thing. God Bless you.
      Thank you

    5. Julieobjem says:

      Good post! I read your blog often and you always post excellent content. I posted this article on Facebook and my followers like it. Thanks for writing this!

    6. lssophia says:

      Hi–Thanks for this valuable resource. Your “how to cover college expenses for your adopted child” link doesn’t work. I adopted my wonderful daughter internationally. We are interested in scholarships.

    7. Michelle says:

      Hi Jessenia ,
      Where can i find a scholarship for my daughter who was adopted at birth and was not in the foster system. We don’t seem to find any at all unless she was in foster care.

      • Mary L Lopez says:

        Hi- I’m in the same predicament as Jessenia. I adopted my son, as a single mother, at birth. He was not in the foster system. I am a retired teacher and my health is not the best, so I have all but depleted my resources which were intended to help him. He is now a freshman in high school and I am desperately looking for assistance he will not have to pay back when he starts college. Please let me know if any sites I may look into that can help him.

        • Hi, Mary.

          I’m glad you are getting a head start on searching for scholarships.

          Have you checked out any of the links in this post that your son may qualify for? In January I will be updating the list with new scholarships related to foster youth/adoptees.

          Please be sure to check back then.

          Also, I know of an adoptee that’s a brilliant essay writing coach for college applications. If you would like his information please let me know.

    8. Verdena Agnew says:

      Good Afternoon, I am the proud Parent of 2 daughters that I adopted in 2001 through Foster Care they are both Senior in High School looking forward to college I hate to be the barrier of bad news that I can’t afford college I been seeking for information about Scholarship/ financial help for them to further their education their goals and dreams to attend college of there choice, everything seems to be a dead End I can’t seem to find any help!!!! time is drawing closer and closer feeling more and more stressed and depressed…………………..

    9. laura lewis says:

      I adopted my son from Guatemala. Are there websites for assistance for international adoptions. He is a US citizen and I know that all my other children that are also all adopted qualify for assistance through the foster care they were in. But is there anything out there for the one I have that was abandoned as an infant?

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