Saint Martin's University supports foster youth through our integrative Fostering Success program, a collaboration between Student Life, Student Financial Services, and Admissions. The Fostering Success program combines the resources needed to navigate your college career and while also providing a network of contacts to help you with your journey.

Saint Martin's staff are here to support you and answer questions for you. We have opportunities to provide funding for additional costs like meals, running shoes, school supplies, etc. Let us know what you need and we are here to support you!

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Foster Care to Success Scholarships
    • APPLICATION DATES     January 1-March 31 annually
    • AWARDS     $2,500-$5,000 based on a combination of need and merit
    • RENEWABLE     Up to five years if the student remains compliant with program requirements
    • ELIGIBILITY     Applicants must:
    1. Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday
    2. Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from Foster Care to Success
    3. Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States.  U.S. citizenship is not required.
    4. Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other postsecondary school
    5. NOTE: This is an undergraduate scholarship only.



  • Continuing Education and Job Training Program (Casey Family Programs)
      • Undergraduate March 1-May 1 and August 1-October 1 annually
      • Graduate February 1-April 1 annually
    • AWARDS     Dependent on need
      • Undergraduate up to six years
      • Graduate up to four years
    • ELIGIBILITY     (NOTE: Eligibility is confirmed by the funder, NOT by Foster Care to Success) Applicants must:
      • Have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Programs in Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota or Wyoming
      • Be starting or currently attending a technical school, college or university in pursuit of a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or postgraduate degree


  • Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship
    • APPLICATION DATES     Applications are accepted throughout the year
    • AWARDS     Up to $10,000 over the course of a student’s academic career
    • RENEWABLE     Yes, until maximum award is disbursed
    • ELIGIBILITY     (NOTE: Eligibility is confirmed by the funder, NOT by Foster Care to Success)  Applicants must:
      • Have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Services in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont
      • Be between the ages of 16 and 49 at the time of application
      • Be starting or currently attending a technical school, college or university in pursuit of a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree or a professional degree including law or medicine
      • NOTE: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are not eligible for this scholarship


  • Washington State Governor's Scholarship for Foster Youth

    Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2019, at 7 PM PST.

    The Washington State Governor’s Scholarship for Foster Youth is a program that helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree.


    • Be enrolled as a Washington state high school senior and on track to graduate from high school during the 2016-2017 academic year.
    • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or greater.
    • Plan to enroll in college on a full-time basis, beginning the fall term of 2017, and complete a program of study at an eligible, nonprofit accredited public or independent college or university in the state of Washington.
    • Have resided in Washington State for at least three academic years prior to high school graduation.
    • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

    If under 18, students must currently have an open dependency court order that resulted from intervention by Washington State on their behalf and they have been placed in any of the following living situations:

    • Foster Care
    • Family Foster Care, with non-relative adults Kinship Care, with relatives Residential/Group Care Dependency Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives) Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives) If over 18, students must have lived in a court-ordered foster care, dependency guardianship or guardianship until emancipation, (age 18).
      • OR
    • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, in federally recognized care. The applicant has been classified by the United States government as an unaccompanied minor refugee, is a legal permanent resident and is in legal care, (or was in care until emancipation) of a private non-profit agency in Washington state.
      • OR
    • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, under a dependency tribal court order that placed the student outside the home.

    Applicants are not eligible if they:

    • Have been adopted.
    • Returned to live with their parents before turning 18 (regardless of whether the court continued to remain involved).
    • Have had their dependency court order dismissed.
    • Were not dependent to federal, state or tribal court prior age 18.

    Awards: $2,000 to $4,000


Student Stories

Student at Saint Martin's

"Attending Saint Martin's has been a huge blessing! I never dreamed I would go to college, let alone make it this far. From the beginning, I have received support from so many. I am grateful for the genuine interest and help I have received from my professors, coach and administrative staff.  They have all invested in me to ensure my success in school and in life. Being in foster care does not count you out from achieving your goals and dreams. I have learned that to be successful you need many others to come alongside and support you. If you are willing to ask for help, you will find it at Saint Martins! I want everyone who has been through the foster system to realize you have great potential and there are many people who are willing to help you achieve your dreams. Life can be a struggle, but never give up!" - Yeshi

Saint Martin's student

"Being a foster kid was not always easy; many did not want to see me succeed. Attending Saint Martin's University has been a blessing in disguise. Not only have the professors, staff and other students helped me grow academically, but they also helped me grow as a person. My adoptive family, along with the Fostering Success program, has given me the network and support I needed in order to to be a successful young woman! So when people say, 'You can't,' you can say, 'Yes I can!'" - Tallie