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Advanced Studies Scholarship Program
Advanced Studies is a scholarship program for former foster youth who have received a college degree and want to pursue advanced studies, and have a current or past connection to Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

If you are interested in supporting the program through a donation, you can make an online donation using your credit card. Or contact Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer, at cleija@orangewoodfoundation.org or (714) 619-0201.

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History:

The Advanced Studies program came about through the situation of one dynamic young lady, Kim (pictured at left), who was a former foster youth in Orange County. With her intelligence, determination and a scholarship from Orangewood’s Children Trust Fund, she enrolled in U.C. Irvine and four years later successfully obtained her B.A. in Social Science in 2009. After college her goal was to pursue a Masters degree and she was accepted into several prestigious programs. While several of the offers included scholarship support, acceptance into her first choice, Harvard University, did not. After hearing Kim speak at several Orangewood fundraising events over the years and learning more about her story, two generous Orangewood donors created the Advanced Studies fund to help her and other students. Kim graduated in May 2010 with a Master of Education, Risk and Prevention, from Harvard and today works in the field of social work and education in the Boston area.

To date, Orangewood's Advanced Studies program has awarded 59 scholarships to 31 dynamic young adults who are proving that, given the opportunity of a level playing field, foster youth can beat the odds and succeed in life.

Advanced Studies Scholarship Students

2014-2015 2013-2014 / 2012-2013 / 2011-2012 / 2010-2011 / 2009-2010

2014-2015 Advanced Studies Scholarship Students

Congratulations to the following students who were recently approved to receive Advanced Studies scholarships for the upcoming academic year!


Ashley
Master of Social Work, CSULB

Christopher
Juris Doctorate, Drake University, Iowa

Cristian
Master in Public Policy, Harvard University

Emily D.
PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Alliant University

Emily H.
MD, Albany Medical College, NY

Jennifer
Juris Doctorate, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

Jessica
MA, Youth Development, University of Minnesota

Karla
MS in Education & Teaching Credential, University of Hawaii

Kathleen
Master of Science in Nursing, CSUF

Khasarah
BS, Nursing, CSUF

Lucretia
EdD in Education, Claremont Graduate University

Onikah
MS in Education & Teaching Credential, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia, MD

Ryan
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Vanguard University

Sascha
Master of Social Work, USC

Tara
PhD in English Literature, UCI
   

How To Apply

Advanced Studies scholarships may be used for tuition, books, school supplies, and living expenses. See the Advanced Studies Fund Guidelines and Instructions and ASF Scholarship Application documents below for more information including details about the application process. Completed applications along with supporting documents are due by March 14, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Funding is not guaranteed and conditions may apply.

  • Advanced Studies Guidelines and Instructions
  • Advanced Studies Application
  • Advanced Studies Essay Prompt - New Applicants
  • Advanced Studies Essay Prompt- Returning Students

  • For questions, please contact Samyra Burn, Program Assistant, at sburn@orangewoodfoundation.org or (714) 619-0240.
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