More Than A Scholarship

Our unique approach offers a comprehensive, individualized program for emancipating foster care youth.

All youth finishing high school and heading out into the world need support. Most rely on family. Youth aging out of foster care can rely on us.

Forward Steps knows that a college education opens up a world of possibilities without limits.

“Forward Steps has one purpose and mission, which is to make sure my value and my success never go away.” — Alisiana, Forward Steps Guardian Scholar


Financial Assistance

Up to $3,000 ($6,000 per year) per semester fills crucial gaps not addressed by federal funding and helps ensure scholars are able to meet basic living expenses while in school.

Individualized Mentoring Sessions

Regular check-ins with Forward Steps’ Scholar Mentor that are guided by the students’ needs. Topics are customized to each scholar and can include academic challenges, housing issues, financial aid complications and mental health challenges.

Monthly Professional & Personal Development Workshops

Workshops that provide essential life-skills training, including:

  • Finances & Budgeting
  • Time Management
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Maintaining Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
  • Professional Communication

College Bootcamp

A pre-college program that prepares students for their first semester of college. Students are given information about accessing on-campus resources, receive assistance with organizing their schedules and are given career assessments to identify previously unrealized interests and strengths.


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