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The goal of the NJFC Scholars Program is to provide funding for eligible foster, adoptive, kinship, and homeless youth to pursue a post-secondary education at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, trade or career school. Youth eligible for the program are those that are between the ages of 16 and 22 who lived in an out of home placement under DCP&P  after the age of 16 for nine months or more or after their 14 birthday, lived in an out of home placement for more than eighteen months.  Also eligible are youth who were adopted through DCP&P after age 12 (must be receiving an adoption subsidy at the time of application), were adopted through DCP&P after the age of 16, were in an out of home DCP&P paid placement and left to enter KLG after the age of 16, or resides in or have resided in a state or federally funded independent living arrangement (usually homeless) for 3 months or more.  In addition, youth must have a high school diploma or GED and be admitted to a degree or certificate granting post-secondary institution that has been accredited to receive Title IV funding.  A maximum of $5,000 per academic year may be awarded to a qualified full or part time student attending either a public or private school. If additional funding remains after tuition and fees are covered, it may be used to cover related academic expenses such as room and board, food cards, books, transportation, and/or childcare costs. For more information, call 800-222-0047 or visit: