Child Placement Review Board
- Confirm Eligibility
- Complete Application Packet
- Submit Completed Packet by the Deadline
- Applicant Interviews
- Award Determination
- Award Notification
- 1st Award Distribution
- Proof of Educational Progress
- Distribution of 2nd Half of Award
- Re-Submission of Application Packet if Reapplying
1. Confirm Eligibility
Eligibility for the Ivyanne D.F. Davis Memorial Scholarship
- You must be a resident of Delaware for at least a year before you apply
- You must have been in foster care in the state of Delaware
- You must have applied to, been accepted by, or be attending an institution of higher education or a post-secondary vocational school
Eligibility for Education and Training Voucher Funds
- You must be between18 and 21 years of age.
- You must have been in Delaware's foster care system and
- Aged out of Delaware's foster care system, or
- Were in foster care past your 16th birthday, but exited care because you were adopted or guardianship was granted.
2. Complete Application Packet
Applicants must submit a complete application packet each year in order to be eligible for award consideration.
A complete application packet includes:
- Application form
- Personal Essay
- Financial Aid and Expenses form
- A copy of the student's School Financial Aid Award Letter
- Verification the student has applied for a Pell Grant
- General Release of Information authorization document
- Permission to release High School academic information (1st year only)
- Personal References (1st year only)
The required forms can be obtained on the CPRB web page or by contacting Kecia Blackson at Kecia.Blackson@state.de.us or calling 302-577-8756.
Forms may be submitted by e-mail attachment to Kecia Blackson or by mail to the address on the form. Documents should be faxed only if expedience is necessary.
Note: It is not necessary to wait until your packet is completed before sending in your paperwork. In fact, it is in your best interest to send in your application form as soon as you have completed it so that the CPRB is aware of your intention to apply.
3. Submit Completed Packet by the Deadline:
Application documents are accepted throughout the year. However, you should have your completed packet submitted by June 15th to be considered for an award for the school year that starts the following fall.
At the Scholarship Committee's discretion, interviews (see below) may be scheduled for students whose packet is not complete. However, the completeness of the packet impacts the ability of the Scholarship Committee to make an accurate assessment of the student's financial need and progress in their educational program. Therefore, greater consideration will be given to applicants whose packet is complete.
If your education or training program doesn't operate on a standard school year cycle, then the June 15th deadline may not apply to you. However, since the vast majority of the funding is distributed following the interviews, applicants are encouraged to submit their application by June 15th even if their program doesn't start until the following spring.
4. Applicant Interviews
The award determinations are made by a Scholarship Committee established by the Child Placement Review Board who interviews each applicant. The interviews are conducted during one week, usually the last week of June. Interviews are arranged for Monday - Thursday. Two interview days occur in New Castle County, and one day each for Sussex and Kent Counties. The committee meets on Friday to make their award determinations - - based on the information known to them at that time. Applicants should not expect that the Scholarship Committee will consider any documents or information provided after the decision day.
Applicants are notified by letter and by e-mail addresses that are provided on the application. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the CPRB has an address where they can receive regular mail or, failing that, electronic mail. If a good faith effort is made to contact the student by their last known mail and/or e-mail address, then the CPRB has met their notification responsibility. Notice of an ETV applicant's interview date, time and location is also provided to their Independent Living provider.
If an applicant is unable to participate in their interview as scheduled, they should notify the CPRB immediately. Contact information will be included in the interview notification. Alternate arrangements can be made, based on the applicant's circumstances.
It is not uncommon for applications to be submitted by people who later decide they are not going back to school at the current time. Therefore, if an interview notification is issued to an applicant who fails to attend the interview or contact CPRB to make alternate arrangements, the assumption will be made that the applicant is no longer interested in being considered for an award. No additional efforts will be made by the CPRB to contact that student.
5. Award Determinations
Following the completion of the interviews, the Scholarship Committee meets to make the award determination. Therefore, it is critical that the applicant ensure that they have provided the committee with documentation of financial need and anticipated expenses. (For example, if no information regarding housing costs is submitted, then the committee will assume no award is needed for those expenses.)
The available funding for Davis Scholarships and Education and Training Vouchers is limited. Award determinations are made based on the available funding and the financial need information available to the committee on their decision day. Financial need information made available to the committee after decision day will be considered at the Scholarship Committee's discretion.
Although federal regulations allow for Education and Training Vouchers of up to $5,000, there is no guarantee that an applicant will receive this amount. The committee's goal is to allocate the available funding as fairly and equitably as possible. The factors are different each school year, so there is no "standard" award amount year after year.
6. Award Notification Letters
Award letters are issued by the CPRB once the award determinations have been made by the committee. The letter will indicate the award amount, whether the funds are Davis Scholarship or ETV or both, and lastly to whom and when the funds will be dispersed. If the applicant is working with an Independent Living provider, a copy of the award letter is sent to them as well.
7. 1st Award Distribution
Award checks are generally distributed prior to the start of the fall semester and then the second half of the award is sent prior to the start of the second semester. This distribution cycle is modified as necessary for students attending school year round, or who are attending a training or certification program.