Alabama Fostering Hope Scholarship

Launched in academic year 2016-17, Alabama is investing in the post-secondary education and training goals of youth who were in the foster care system when they earned a high school diploma or GED, as well as those placed in Kinship-guardianship or adopted from Alabama foster care after age 14.

NOTE: To be eligible for the Fostering Hope Scholarship, you must earn your high school or general education diploma BEFORE you leave care.

The comprehensive program covers tuition and fees for eligible students enrolled full-time in a post-secondary certificate or undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s) degree program; additionally, it will help eligible high school students begin planning ahead.

  • Eligible students may attend any of Alabama’s public community and technical colleges, four-year colleges or universities.
  • Private colleges and universities are not part of this program.
    The scholarship is for undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s) degrees only.
  • Eligible enrollees in Alabama’s state-funded career and technical training programs may be eligible if the program leads to a recognized certificate and employment.
  • Eligible high school students can be matched with a mentor to help them plan their post-secondary education.  The program does not pay for private high schools or any secondary (high school) education expenses.
  • Students may apply for the Fostering Hope Scholarship until their 26th birthday, and may receive funding for one semester after they turn 26.
  • Academic credit hour limits:
    • 144 for a bachelor’s degree
    • 72 for an associate’s degree
  • 100 hours of volunteer work or paid employment must be completed annually to remain eligible for the state scholarship.
    • For example: current students attending anytime between 7/1/19 and 6/30/2020 must complete:
      • 100 hours of volunteer work OR
      • 100 hours of paid employment OR
      • a combination of volunteer and paid employment equal to 100 hours to receive funding for the academic year 2020-2021.

Click HERE for a complete guide to Alabama state colleges and universities.


Click HERE to begin the application process or update your application.

For more information, please call (334) 219-3577 or email