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Scholarships for Youth Who Have Experienced Foster Care


In coordination with the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families (DSCYF), the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is now responsible for administering two educational scholarship opportunities for young adults who have experienced foster care.

Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program

The Chafee Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program which provides eligible youth up to $5,000 a year to cover the costs associated with post-secondary education or training programs. ETV funds can be used for direct costs, such as tuition, books, meal plans and campus housing, and indirect costs, such as transportation, utilities, childcare, or off-campus housing.

Ivyane D.F Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Ivyane D.F Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund) is a state-funded program established in 1989 in honor of a woman who advocated for vulnerable children in Delaware through her work as a foster parent and Court Appointed Special Advocate. The Scholarship Fund is limited to covering the direct costs associated with post-secondary education or training programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must be a current or former Delaware youth, who is or has experienced foster care.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. You must be accepted or attending an institution of higher learning or trade school, AND if already attending, you must be making satisfactory academic or vocational progress toward completion of that program.
  4. You must be a Delaware resident.
  5. You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen.
  6. You must annually complete the federal Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA).
  7. You must complete an online application (click application button below) and complete an interview with the Office of the Child Advocate.

Renewal Requirements

  1. You must be under age 26.
  2. You must be attending an institution of higher learning or trade school AND making satisfactory academic or vocational progress toward completion of that program. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as a 2.0 GPA or greater.
  3. You must have participated in the program for less than five years, whether or not consecutively.
  4. You must annually complete the federal Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA).
  5. You must resubmit your financial information and complete an interview with the Office of the Child Advocate. Virtual accommodations will be made for applicants as needed.

Application Process

  • 2020 scholarship applications will be accepted from April 1st - May 15th.
  • Applications will be submitted through the below online portal. All applicants must have a current email address. Please note: The application process has changed as of April 2020 with OCA administering the scholarship programs.
  • If you have an independent living worker, please contact your worker for assistance with the new application process.
  • If you do not have an assigned independent living worker, please contact Antonisha Busby, the Youth in Transition Coordinator, at 302-255-1752 or Antonisha.Busby@delaware.gov for assistance with the application process and with completion of the federal Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) forms
  • Please note that only one application must be completed for these two scholarship programs.
    1. New applicants: If you have never applied before for these funds, a new application will be required and must be completed in one sitting. It cannot be saved and returned to later. Please make sure you have your acceptance letter from the institution or trade school prior to completing the application.
      Submit Application
      *Please make sure to use Google Chrome as your web browser.
    2. Renewal applicants: If you have received these funds previously and are seeking additional funding for the upcoming school year, you will only need to update your institution or trade school and financial information. If you need assistance with logging in to the portal, please contact Antonisha Busby, the Youth in Transition Coordinator, at 302-255-1752 or Antonisha.Busby@delaware.gov.
      Access Online Portal
      *Please make sure to use Google Chrome as your web browser.
  • Once your application has been received, OCA staff will be in contact with you about your eligibility.

Resources

Questions/Contact Information

Antonisha Busby, Youth in Transition Coordinator
Office of the Child Advocate
Antonisha.Busby@delaware.gov
302-255-1752

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Please see other Scholarships opportunities for students in the state of Delaware.


Wilmington
900 King Street
Suite 210
Wilmington, DE 19801
Main line: (302) 255-1730
Fax: (302) 577-6831

Dover
400 Court Street
Dover, DE 19901
Fax: (302) 672-1125

Georgetown
6 West Market Street
Suite 1
Georgetown, DE 19947
Main line: (302) 856-5720
Fax: (302) 677-7027