2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Mr. Stephen Lambros & Ms. Jenny Nguyen
Jim and Ann Nelson were long-time volunteers for CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates) an organization that oversees care for children in state custody. CASA volunteers speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. They have seen first-hand the resources available for a child’s support up until their 18th birthday when they age out of the foster care program and they wanted to help ensure the opportunity for a successful transition into adulthood.
The Nelson’s student aid fund will make awards to young adults aging out of foster care who want to develop a marketable skill or continue their education at a post-secondary school. They hope they can positively impact the lives of young people who have already suffered from the insecurity of an unstable childhood.
Applicants may be high school graduating seniors or recent graduates, or those with a GED certificate or an undergraduate in college. Students may attend a nonprofit or public educational institute in New Mexico or out-of-state and go to school full time or part-time.
One to two awards up to $1,000 will be given annually.
- Be a New Mexico resident for a minimum of one year
- Have been in the New Mexico foster care system for a minimum of one year
- Be between the ages of 17 and 21 at time of initial application
- An undergraduate college student
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 for high school or have completed a GED program, OR have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in college
For the 2017 Application - Apply Online
Application Deadline: CLOSED
Foster Care Tuition and Fee Waiver - The legislation signs into state law that college tuition and fees be waived for certain children who have been in the foster care of the state or in the legal custody of a New Mexico Indian nation, tribe or pueblo or the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Human Services. Have more questions? Contact Farra R. Fong, contact information is below.
The State of New Mexico has money available to assist students who have been in foster care with education costs called the ETV (Education Training Voucher) Program. To learn more or for help in applying, contact New Mexico CYDF: Youth Services Bureau Chief, Patrice Perrault at 505-841-7786 or the Youth Services Deputy Chief, Maya McKnight at 505-476-5491.
Or call an independent nonprofit for assistance - located in Albuquerque, but can assist anyone in the state:
Farra R. Fong
Deputy Director, New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN)
Building Futures & Foundations (BFF) Youth Opportunities Initiative