Children in Out-of-Home Care
The Department of Children and Families Scholarship Program awards
scholarships up to $5,000 for youth who have been in out-of-home care for
and are entering a degree, license or certificate program. To
qualify for a DCF Scholarship award, the applicant must:
Have been in out-of-home care (OHC) placement (foster home, group home, residential care center or court ordered
Kinship Care) for at least six months after the age of 15 and left OHC
at age 18; or
Have been in OHC for at least six months after the age of 15 and adopted after the age of 16.
Have been in OHC placement in Wisconsin as described above, or
Have been in OHC placement in another state
but has become a resident of Wisconsin prior to attending a Wisconsin
Be accepted into a postsecondary institution
(i.e., college, vocational or technical program) at the time the
application is submitted.
Be age 20 or less, unless enrolled in a
post-secondary program on his / her 21st birthday, extending eligibility
to age 23.
The Department of Children and Families Scholarship Program provides scholarships for post secondary
education and training programs for youth presently or formerly in
out-of-home care. The scholarship program is administered by the
Department of Children and Families and is funded by the Federal Education and
Training Vouchers (ETV) Program, a federally funded initiative under the
Chafee Foster Care Independence Act.
Each applicant must complete the DCF Scholarship Application for Youth
in Out-of-Home Care (CFS-2197). Eligibility for the program and
instructions for completion and submission of the application are
contained within the form. Also contained in the form is the name and
contact information for Division staff who can help you with any questions
you may have about the scholarship program.
DCF has limited funding for the scholarship program; therefore,
applicants are urged to submit their applications early. If there are more
applicants than funding, scholarships will be awarded in the order that
completed applications are received.
School counselors, librarians and the Internet are great resources for
identifying scholarships, grants and loans. We recommend utilizing web
sites that offer information free-of-charge.
March 08, 2010