Providing 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.