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Scholarship Details

Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth


  • Be on track to graduate from a Washington high school by June 2018.
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0.
  • Plan to enroll full-time by the fall 2018 at an eligible college or university in the state of Washington.
  • Have resided in Washington state for at least three academic years prior to graduating from high school or obtaining a GED.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)
  • If under 18, students must currently have an open dependency court order that resulted from intervention by Washington state court on their behalf and they have been placed in any of the following living situations:
    • Foster Care
      • Family Foster Care, with non-relative adults
      • Kinship Care, with relatives
      • Residential/Group Care
    • Dependency Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives)
    • Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives)
  • If over 18, students must have lived in a court-ordered foster care, dependency guardianship or guardianship until emancipation, (age 18).


  • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, in federally recognized care.  The applicant has been classified by the United States government as an unaccompanied minor refugee, is a legal permanent resident and is in legal care, (or was in care until emancipation) of  a private non-profit agency in Washington state.


  • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, under a dependency tribal court order that placed the student outside the home.

Applicants are not eligible if they:

  • Have been adopted.
  • Returned to live with their parents before turning 18, (regardless of whether the court continued to remain involved).
  • Have had their dependency court order dismissed.
  • Were not dependent to federal, state or tribal court prior age 18.

More Details

All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on February 28, 2018.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Governors’ Scholarship application.
  • Ensure your recommender submits a letter of recommendation online. You will be asked to provide name and email address of your recommender in the online application. College Success Foundation will contact your recommender to complete this requirement.
  • Email the following documents to :
    • Transcript: You must submit an unofficial transcript from your high school showing grades through fall 2017 and cumulative GPA.
    • 2018-2019 Student Aid Report summary results of your FAFSA or WASFA (ALL pages).
    • Copy of Dependency Court Order: provide a copy of the official court document reflecting the current placement situation. Copies can be obtained from your social worker.

The application and submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship’s website.

Deadline: 02/28/2018

Amount: $2,000-4,000

Contact information: