Published on January 30th, 2014 | by MelShaferHS

More FREE Help for Youth in Transition

Hey college students! Spring semester has begun and I’m all about saving money so here are two programs that are there to help former fosters with the cost of books and tuition.

The Mary Graham Children’s Shelter has a scholarship available for those who stayed at Mary Graham for any period of time all you have to do is apply. The foundation has provided students with more than just books and tuition assistance they want to make sure your living expenses are covered and will also assist you in budgeting if needed. The foundation provides you with a mentor and you get invited to participate in events such as fundraisers and the annual art auction and award ceremonies and celebrations where we take photos for the website and once you are a recipient you can always reapply each school year or in the middle of the year submit an emergency request. The board is very supportive in making sure the youth stay connected to their mentors and social workers when help is needed. Amber Saunders is always available in assisting with the application process and to answer any questions a youth might have about the foundation see below for contact info and the link to their website.¬† Also see the article in the Stockton Record around Christmas time (link below)¬† Amber and I did for more information about what its like to be a part of the foundation.

The ILP (Independent Living) ¬†program in San Joaquin county has a book stipend available and offers many services to youth in assistance while in college or working its an extra level of support offered and I have had the opportunity to work with both organizations and the social workers and ILP mentors who are still involved with the program and scholarships available. For the book stipend you only have to apply and you aren’t required to have spent time at Mary Graham see the info below for more on how you can qualify for this assistance.

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Melanie Shafer

College student, blogger and youth ambassador for HealthShack

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