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Scholarships

The Freshmen Success Fund for Foster Youth

To assist you with funds needed to meet your educational goals, The Freshmen Success Fund for Foster Youth offers one-time grants of $1,000 for first time college freshmen students or first time student’s enrolled in a Texas State Technical College.  Grants are awarded in increments of $500 per semester/school term, with the student applying each term and are for basic non-tuition related needs.  Grants will be awarded to four (4) students per year and are subject to the availability of funds. 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Aged-out of DFPS foster care or was legally emancipated.
  • Be a high school graduate (no GED).
  • Must have completed the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Life Skills Training Program.
  • Be enrolled for the freshmen year only and take a minimum of 9 credit hours or more per school term.
  • Be enrolled for the first time in vocational/technical classes and take a minimum of 40 or more hours of course work.
  • Applied for both federal financial aid (PELL Grant) and to the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program.
  • Attending or enrolled in a state supported Texas college or university that accepts the college tuition and fee waiver.
  • Must apply for the scholarship before age 21.

Note-Students in the Extended Foster Care Program are eligible to apply for this grant.

Applying for a Scholarship

To be considered for the Freshmen Success Fund for Foster Youth grant, the student must submit a:

  • Completed grant application (located on the reverse side of this letter) each school term.
  • Proof of school enrollment each school term.
  • Copy of the students high school diploma (1st school term enrollment only.)
  • Current student Financial Aid award letter (1st school term enrollment only.)
  • Letter of recommendation or reference (1st school term enrollment only.)
  • Personal (typewritten) one page essay on who the student is, academic interests, and what the funds will be used for (1st school term enrollment only.)

Incomplete applications and/or missing required documents will not be considered for a scholarship.  Students may not be notified if incomplete applications are submitted.  All documents may be submitted either by e-mail, fax, or regular mail delivery.   Information on where to submit all required documents are located below.

Applications and supporting documents may be sent in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail to:
    freshmensuccess@dfps.state.tx.us
  2. By Fax to:
    512-339-5927
    Attn: Freshmen Success Fund for Foster Youth
  3. Mail to:
    Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
    Mail Code W-157
    Attn: C. Ed Davis PAL Scholarship
    P.O. Box 149030
    Austin, Texas 78714-9030
    Scholarship Letter and Application

C. Ed Davis PAL Scholarship

This scholarship is for basic non-tuition needs for former foster youth who are majoring in government, political science, history, or other pre-law field. This scholarship was named in honor of C. Ed Davis who, in April 2004, retired as Deputy Director, Legal Services. This scholarship is designed for young adults who, based on certain criteria are interested in entering the field of law.

Applicants eligible for the scholarship must:

  • Have aged out of DFPS foster care or have been legally emancipated;
  • Be between the ages of 18 – 25 to activate the scholarship;
  • Have completed the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Life Skills Training;
  • Be majoring in government, political science, history or other pre-law field of study;
  • Be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0); 
  • Be a full-time student in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college or in law school; and
  • Submit the completed application and other requested documents by the requested dates.

Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded in increments of $500 per semester and are for basic non-tuition needs (ex., clothes, utilities, cell phone, etc).   Up to 2 young adults may receive a scholarship per academic year, as long as funds are available.  For students reapplying for a scholarship, new information (as specified below) must be resubmitted for each academic year.

Application Requirements

To qualify a young adult must submit a:

  • Completed scholarship application;
  • Current college transcript;
  • Current student financial aid award letter
  • Letter of recommendation or reference (may be from a foster parent or child care provider, case worker, state PAL staff, school personnel, employer, etc);
  • 500 word essay on "Why I want to enter the field of law and why I should be considered for a C. Ed Davis PAL Scholarship"; and
  • Two page resume (optional).

Applications and supporting documents may be sent in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail (in a pdf format) to:
    C_ED_DAVIS@dfps.state.tx.us
  2. By fax to:
    512-339-5927
  3. Mail to:
    Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
    Mail Code W-157
    Attn: C. Ed Davis PAL Scholarship
    P.O. Box 149030
    Austin, Texas 78714-9030

Decisions regarding scholarship awards will made by August 1 (for the Fall semester) or November 1 (for the Spring semester) and notification and distribution of the scholarship awards will occur within 45 days before the start of each semester of the award period.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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