Cobb Community Foundation (CCF) has announced that five scholarship recipients have been named by the Fostering Education Scholarship Fund for the fall 2023 semester. The Fostering Education Scholarship was created in 2021 to support kids who are aging out of foster care and lack the financial support needed to earn an undergraduate degree. Since the inception of the Fostering Education Scholarship, $20,000 in scholarships have been awarded to five outstanding students.
Recipients of the scholarships are:
– Nettoyan Saxton, attending Loyola University (first-time recipient fall 2023).
– Sadie Hamil, attending Georgia Southern (first-time recipient fall 2023).
– Collins Arrey, attending Albany State University (recipient fall 2022 & fall 2023).
– Tianya Hunter, attending the College of Coastal Georgia (recipient fall 2022 & fall 2023).
– Thinh Nguyen, attending Georgia State University (recipient fall 2022 & fall 2023).
The Fostering Education Scholarship was created to address the financial challenges faced by students aging out of the Georgia foster care system who would like to pursue higher education. The instability of life in foster care often proves to be a distraction from learning and school performance. As one applicant shared in their essay, “We had no control where we will go and where we will live or what foster parents we will get.” Financial resources, mentorship, support, and stability are not commonly available to help these individuals complete degree programs that lead to well-paying, stable employment. This is the reason why caring individuals in our community have joined together to fund these awards. Everlean Rutherford, Isaiah Wilcox of Village Connection and Melissa Conti of Innovative Fitness were brought together through CCF because of a shared vision to improve the lives of these resilient youths aging out of foster care by helping them reach their educational goals through scholarships.
The Fostering Education Scholarship Fund is seeking like-minded partners who are willing to support Georgia’s aging out of foster care population by making a contribution to the Fostering Education Scholarship Fund. Your tax-deductible donations may be made here.