Preparing Youth in Foster Care For Success

“Reach for the Stars” Scholarship

Reach for the StarsProviding opportunities for youth in foster care to participate in normal teenage activities is a reachable goal. The Reach for the Stars scholarship program is an investment in the development of interests and talents of youth currently in and transitioning from foster care in Hillsborough County & Pinellas County.

The scholarship program is for youth ages 13-17 in licensed foster care and youth ages 18-22 eligible for the Road-to-Independence program in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County. Scholarships are awarded to help young people pay for activities and extracurricular activity costs.

Young people can use the funds* for anything that helps with education, employment, transportation or extracurricular activities. Some examples of how funds can be used include:

  • Education Programs
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Attend a Special Event such as camp or prom
  • Enroll in Art, Sports Dance, Music program or club
  • Technology (cell phone or computer)
  • Uniforms or other vital resources for employment

*Maximum amount received per calendar year is $500 (January 1st through December 31st).

A Two-Way Investment

Just as donors invest in young people through the Reach for the Stars fund – Reach for the Stars recipients are responsible for completing community service hours as a way to do their part to earn their scholarships. This teaches young people the importance of working for their rewards and giving back to the community that has given to them.

Connected by 25 would like to recognize Kiwanis Club of Tampa Foundation for their investment in the Reach for the Stars scholarship program.

You can support Reach for the Stars by donating:

Related Forms and Documents:

  • Reach for the Stars Application (ages 13-17) – PDF
  • Reach for the Stars Application (ages 18+) – PDF
  • Reach for the Stars Volunteer Service Log – PDFWord

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We understand and emphasize the impact education can have for youth and adults over the course of their lives. With the help of our dedicated teachers, support staff, and volunteers, Connected by 25 has been able to foster a culture of care and high expectations for our students that has translated into 72 graduates since the programs inception to September 2014 and counting!

We are extremely proud of the hard work the students have put in and they have subsequently been rewarded with something that can never be taken away from them, an education.

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