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Advanced Studies Scholarship Program

Advanced Studies is a scholarship program for former foster youth who have received a college degree, want to pursue advanced studies, and have a current or past connection to Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

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»»If you are a former foster youth interested in advanced studies, please visit our new Orangewood youth site at www.ocf4you.org for more information!


The Advanced Studies program came about through the situation of one dynamic young lady, Kim (pictured at left), who was a former foster youth in Orange County. With her intelligence, determination and a scholarship from Orangewood’s Children Trust Fund, she enrolled in U.C. Irvine and four years later successfully obtained her B.A. in Social Science in 2009. After college her goal was to pursue a Masters degree and she was accepted into several prestigious programs. While several of the offers included scholarship support, acceptance into her first choice, Harvard University, did not. After hearing Kim speak at several Orangewood fundraising events over the years and learning more about her story, two generous Orangewood donors created the Advanced Studies fund to help her and other students. Kim graduated in May 2010 with a Master of Education, Risk and Prevention, from Harvard and today works in the field of social work and education in the Boston area.

To date, Orangewood's Advanced Studies program has awarded 59 scholarships to 31 dynamic young adults who are proving that, given the opportunity of a level playing field, foster youth can beat the odds and succeed in life.

Advanced Studies Scholarship Students

2014-2015 2013-2014 / 2012-2013 / 2011-2012 / 2010-2011 / 2009-2010

2013-2014 Advanced Studies Scholarship Students

Congratulations to the following students who were recently approved to receive Advanced Studies scholarships for the upcoming academic year!

Master of Social Work, CSULB

Master of Social Work, CSUF

Master in Public Policy, Harvard University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & English, CSU San Diego

Emily D.
PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Alliant University

Emily H.
MD, Albany Medical College, NY

Juris Doctorate, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Master of Social Work, CSUF

Master of Science in Nursing, CSUF

EdD in Education, Claremont Graduate University

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Vanguard University

PhD in English Literature, UCI
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