School Support

Youthville Detroit
"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." -Jim Rohn.
College bound and youth development tutoring. For more information call (313) 309-1300, or click here.
College Preparation Experience
Career Transitions, Inc. (CTI) is now registering for the "new" UTOOLS program - called the College Preparation Experience, or UTOOLS-CPE. The enhanced UTOOLS program offers 10 consecutive weeks of college exploration and preparation activities led by university staff on University of Michigan's - Dearborn campus. Sessions will be held on Saturdays from 10am-3pm starting on May 11, 2013.


The program is for Wayne County foster youth between the ages of 14-20 who meet the following criteria:

-Youth in foster care at least one day after age of 14, and

-Youth not currently placed in a secure facility, and

-Youth likely to remain in foster care until age 18


Click here to view the UTOOLS-CPE flyer, and here for the registration form. Forms can be submitted to Suzanne Reid at:

Mail: UTOOLS-CPE, 35425 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 3693, Wayne, MI 48184

Fax: (734) 729-7058



If you need additional information, please contact Suzanne Reid at (734) 858-1537.

Big Family of Michigan Education Scholarship
Each year, Big Family of Michigan gives away $1,000 to Foster Alumni who were in care for at least one full year. For the 2011 school year, they are giving away 20 scholarships! Apply for your chance by August 1, 2011 by visiting the Big Family website and filling out the scholarship application.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Detroit Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2011 scholarship program! Interested students must attend a public, private, or parochial school within the city limits of Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $4,000 and to be eligible, recipients must be enrolled full time at an accredited college, university, or equivalent during the 2011-2012 school year. For more information on the scholarship and to view application paperwork, visit the site here.

The Foster Youth Internship Program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
This Foster Youth Internship Program is for young adults who spent at least 24 consecutive months in foster care at any point in their life and who have completed at least four semesters of higher education by May 31, 2011. CCAI places these interns in Congressional offices in Washington DC for a nine-week internship. Housing, travel, and a weekly stipend are provided by CCAI. Applications are due January 7, 2011. For more information and to apply, visit or contact Emily Collins at or 202-544-8500.
John Seita Scholarship at Western Michigan University
Full tuition for qualifying foster care youth. Full program description

Foster Youth Alumni Services at Michigan State University
A comprehensive initiative that offers assistance to MSU students, including specialized services accessible via the Foster Youth Alumni Services
website, community mentoring, scholarships, care packages, and help lining up everything from student employment to housing to financial aid. The university also created a YouTube video about this experience.

Orphan Foundation of America Scholarships
OFA provides scholarship and grant money to former foster students in colleges and specialized training programs across the country. Visit their
website to learn about the various scholarships available.

Fostering A Future Scholarship
The Fostering A Future Scholarship, sponsored by Children's Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a national scholarship program designed to provide youth who were adopted from foster care with financial assistance in pursuing a college, vocational, or technical education. Visit this
webpage for the application and more information.

FAFSA Tips for Foster Care Youth
View a helpful webpage
here to learn how to answer some of the tough family/housing/income questions while filling out FAFSA for college.

First Chance Scholarship Program at University of Phoenix
In partnership with the National Foster Parent Association, the University of Phoenix has offered 50 full-ride scholarships for foster youth, foster care alumni, and foster parents. The scholarship is redeemable at any University of Phoenix campus, including the online program. The progam offered is competitive - to view the guidelines, visit the webpage

A comprehensive listing of scholarships available for high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students. You can view the file here.
MARE Youth,
May 7, 2013, 8:19 AM