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Scholarships for Adopted Children

8 September, 2011 (09:03) | Adopted Children Scholarship | By: Carlo Evanson

If you are an adopted child you just may qualify for a variety of scholarships that are offered only to children who are adopted or who were wards of the state.

Why Scholarships for Adopted Children?

Children with parents or guardians traditionally have a better opportunity of getting family help when it comes to financing their college education than do those children who have been orphaned or who are left to the care of the state.  To this end many colleges and universities and even private foundations offer scholarships for orphans or wards to help defray the expenses which, for them, are going to be more difficult to meet.

Applying for Scholarships for Adopted Children

Since there are so many scholarships available for adopted children, the easiest way to see if you qualify for them is to fill out the FASFA form.  Mind you, this is not necessarily going to give you more scholarships for adopted children, but it will let you know if you are eligible for other scholarships and grants that you can use to help cover the cost of your education.

As to the specific grants and scholarships for children who were adopted or who have been wards of the state, you will need to contact your individual college’s or university’s financial aid office in order to determine if there are any scholarships for which you qualify.

Another place to look for scholarships and grants for students who were adopted or wards of the state is to check with your local state child agencies.  Many states have programs in place to help adoptive children finance their college education.  These monies can be applied for by going through the steps indicated by the individual state programs.

In addition, most states – and some colleges and universities – offer tuition reduction or a waiver for the students who’s FASFA indicates that they were adopted or were wards of the state.  These waivers can signify a significant reduction in tuition costs and/or perhaps a complete waiver of the fees associated with the various college programs.

For more information on a Scholarship offered to adopted children check out the Lifetime Foundation Scholarship.


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    Comment from quintin wampler
    Time July 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    i was adopted in 2003 from kansk russia and i am looking for free adoption scholarships or any scholarships that are out there for adopted children!

    Comment from Mary Jane
    Time October 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I adopted my daughter in 1997 when she was just a baby. Is there any free adoption scholarships that we can apply for? She wants to go into the medical field for nursing. She has been on the honor roll since 4th grade, has a 3.2 or better grade point. Please help she is so smart.

    Comment from Alënka
    Time November 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I was adopted from Russia in 2003. I am also looking for college scholarships.

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