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Pennsylvania Grants for Adopted Children

by Michelle Labbe

The state of Pennsylvania offers grants in the form of academic scholarships to children who have been adopted or are in foster care. These grants can provide needed assistance to children and youth who don't have parents to provide for them or who need extra chances to overcome the obstacles in their lives.

Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association

The Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association (PSFPA) offers scholarships to the state's foster children so they have the opportunity to continue their education after high school. Seniors who are currently in foster programs, public or private, and the biological or adopted children of PSFPA members, may apply. Applicants should fill out an application and be able to provide five references, including at least three letters of reference. Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association Scholarship PO Box 60216 Harrisburg, PA 17106 psrfa.org

Horatio Alger Pennsylvania Scholarship Program

The Pennsylvania branch of the nation-wide Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is designed for students who have overcome personal difficulties to achieve success, such as foster children or those from a low-economic background. This branch of the program offers $5,000 scholarships to 50 students across the state. To qualify, students should be in their senior year of high school, must plan to pursue higher education, and must demonstrate that they have shown integrity and perseverance against the obstacles in their lives. Applicants must also demonstrate "critical" financial need, defined as $50,000 or less adjusted gross family income. Applications must be sent online. Horatio Alger Pennsylvania Scholarship Program Horatio Alger Association 99 Canal Center Plaza Suite 320 Alexandria, VA 22314 horatioalger.org

Orphan Foundation of America Sponsored Scholarships

The Orphan Foundation of America Sponsored Scholarships, offered from the OFA in conjunction with contributions from private donors, offers awards for students who are adopted or in foster care all across the nation. Each year, 250 students receive scholarships from the OFA; awards may be either $2,500 for one year of community college or $5,000 for two years of a four-year college. Specific requirements vary by year and eligibility can be set by the sponsors. Orphan Foundation of America Sponsored Scholarships 21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130 Sterling, VA 20166 571-203-0270 orphan.org

About the Author

Michelle Labbe has been writing online and for print since 2004. Her work has appeared in the online journals Reflection's Edge and Cabinet des Fées as well as in Harvard Book Store's anthology, "Michrochondria." She is pursuing a Master of Arts in publishing and writing at Emerson College.

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