Scholarship fund established for those in foster care
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 1:28 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Children who grew up in foster care or are currently in foster care now have a way to continue with their education.
The Yellowknife Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Helping Children Soar Scholarship Fund, which is being administered by the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT.
The coalition's executive director, Tammy Krivda, said they're leaving the application process as open as possible to people who want to apply.
"People do not put money away or save money for education, beyond grade twelve, for kids in care, “ said Krivda. “They don't have someone putting RESPs away for them or planning for their future."
Krivda also said the Yellowknife Foster Family Association had a big hand in getting the fund going.
"They were thinking of doing a scholarship fund for probably about two or three years but weren't sure about how to go about it so they decided to hand it over to the Coalition because we are a territorial organization and we could reach out further than they could," she said.
Krivda added the money could be used for furthering education or attending technical schools and universities.
Two scholarships of $500 will be awarded this year and the deadline to apply is May 15.
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