The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college. In the 2013-14 academic year, the program served about 400 students, with a maximum annual award of $4,500.
Through Passport, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), specialized support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs.
Passport students also may opt-in for personalized help and support services from the College Success Foundation.
To meet eligibility requirements, Passport students must:
- Spend at least one year in foster care in Washington state after their 16th birthday
- Emancipate from care on or after January 1, 2007
- Enroll at least half-time in an eligible college by their 22nd birthday
- Maintain Washington residency
- Not pursue a degree in theology
- Be working toward earning their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate.
If approved for Passport, students must notify the college financial aid office of their eligibility. They also can contact the Designated Support Staff person at their college to begin receiving help for navigating through college.
To apply, complete the Passport Consent Form.
Send it to us at:
Washington Student Achievement Council
Passport for Foster Youth Promise Program
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Other opportunities for students from foster care:
- Governor's Scholarship
- Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
- Independence for Foster Youth
- Extended Foster Care
- Casey Family Programs
For more information
Phone: 1-888-535-0747 (press option 5)