More Than A Scholarship

Our unique approach offers a comprehensive, individualized program for foster youth pursuing a post-secondary education.

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

We partner with our scholars to help them overcome barriers and achieve independence through education.

“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 $6,000 per year 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 a Forward Steps Scholar Mentor that are guided by the students’ needs. Topics are customized to each scholar and can include academic challenges, career coaching, housing issues, financial aid complications and mental health challenges.

Personal & Professional Development Opportunities

Workshops that provide essential life-skills training, including:

  • Finances & Budgeting
  • Time Management & Organization
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Stress Management & Self Care
  • Understanding Financial Aid
  • Goal Setting
  • Maintaining Healthy Relationships & Boundaries

College Prep

A pre-college program that prepares our scholars for their first semester of college. Scholars are given information about accessing on-campus resources, tips for being successful in school, and guidance to help them successfully navigate their transition to a post-secondary institution


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