Community colleges offering scholarships to students who were in foster care.
2017 Wade and Clio Van Valkenburg Scholarship
The honorable Wade Van Valkenburg was a Circuit Court judge in Kalamazoo for six years. He was concerned about the youth in this community, especially those who have had to overcome circumstances or obstacles that may otherwise hinder them from seeking training or higher education. This Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 through the Wade Van Valkenburg Trust to provide educational scholarships for students in Kalamazoo County.
Kalamazoo County permanent resident. Enrolled or planning to enroll in a vocational, technical or trade school or a two- or four-year college or university full or part time. Applicant must have been (either through a plea bargain or conviction) found guilty of a criminal offense and be able to document how they have overcome adversity and/or obstacles in their lives. Must demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Additional scholarship information is available here or on our website at www.kalfound.org
APPLY using our online eGRANT scholarship application found here or on our website at www.kalfound.org (Please contact the foundation at 269-381-4416 if you would prefer to use a paper application or if you would like to schedule a time to use a computer at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation).
The following must be electronically submitted to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation:
• eGRANT scholarship application.
• Essay, typed into text box in eGRANT application, addressing why you feel you merit consideration for this scholarship? Include your goals and ambitions, as well as the challenges or obstacles you have overcome.
The following must be attached to your eGrant application; or mailed or delivered to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation by March 1:
• One copy of the Scholarship Recommendation form and Letter of Recommendation
completed by a professional who is familiar with your background and can verify that you meet
the eligibility criteria.
• An official or cumulative high school or college transcript.
The following must be sent to the college(s) of your choice by March 1:
• The Financial Information Summary form. If for some reason you are unable to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, please include your most recent tax form or your end of year W-2.
Multiple awards of at least $500 March 1, 2017
If you have any questions, please call or write at:
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
402 E. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone (269) 381-4416
Fostering Success Michigan is a statewide initiative that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline."Make a Donation