Message from our Executive Director


New Yorkers For Children is proud to support you in your efforts to achieving your educational goals through our programs. Our programs and services are designed with you in mind.

Please review the information and guidelines below to learn more about the resources and programs we can offer you. It is important that we have all the requested information, so please take extra care to read the guidelines before finalizing and sending in your application(s). If you have any difficulties obtaining all the information required by the deadlines, please let us know.

Our goal is to serve as many foster youth from New York City’s as possible and help you transition successfully into adulthood. Once again, our programs are created with you in mind and we are here to help you! If you have any questions or need help with your application please contact Ellen Ampofo at or 646.257.2930.

All my best,
Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Overview of NYFC’s Signature Programs

The Back-to-School Package Program

The Back-To-School Package Program provides youth in foster care who are enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with up to $2,500 in materials, including gift cards for incidentals, transit cards, and a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office and a three-year anti-virus license.

We are currently accepting applications. The registration deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received.

Please keep in mind that students must be currently in or have aged out of foster care, enrolled in college, or a post-secondary vocational program (with a 90-day-long duration) to be eligible. Students in care may apply through their educational coordinators. Students that have aged out of care may register here



The Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship (Nick’s Scholars) Program

The Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship (Nick’s Scholars) Program was developed by New Yorkers For Children to support New York City’s youth aging out of foster care to attain a college degree. It is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care and foster care alumni in New York City who are enrolled in any college. The Nick’s Scholars Program provides personalized wraparound services in the form of financial, academic, and emotional support to help students transition into college and succeed. Nick’s Scholars receive a monthly stipend to help them cover their educational and living expenses and allow them to focus on school. The program connects students to academic and personal resources to help them overcome challenges as they navigate college on their own. This scholarship is awarded each semester to youth who are attending or have been accepted to a CUNY or private college. If a student attends a private college, they must have completed at least their first year. The Nick’s Scholars Program provides a holistic support program to foster youth who seek to obtain an undergraduate degree. Nick’s Scholars are provided additional support throughout their college career to nurture educational success.

Applications are currently closed.


The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund

The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund is set up to help youth complete or further their pursuit of an educational degree. Eligible candidates must have aged out of foster care in New York City and are no older than 25 years of age. The Fund assists youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. The Fund’s long-term goal is to use its financial resources to help a wide range of students graduate from college. The Fund is not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding source. Requests must be urgent in nature.

Click here to download the application.

The Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is a $10,000 scholarship awarded each year to an individual in foster care or a former foster youth who is attending a 4-year college with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree. The recipient is a person who has achieved academic success, demonstrated a willingness to think beyond themselves, shown resilience in the face of challenges, and gained a new sense of self-awareness as a result of the obstacles they have had to overcome. We encourage students who are entering their third or fourth year of college to apply.

Applications are currently closed.