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 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 who are enrolled in college in New York City. The Nick’s Scholars Program provides essential personalized wraparound services in the form of financial, academic, and emotional support to help students transition to, and succeed in college. 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 these students to academic and personal resources to help them overcome challenges as they navigate college on their own. As Nick’s Scholars, they belong to a larger community where they are provided the opportunity to build relationships with other Nick’s Scholars and supportive adult mentors to encourage them on their path to a college degree.

For up to 5 years, Scholars receive:

  • Academic Advisement
  • Tutoring
  • Peer to peer mentoring
  • Career Exploration
  • Networking opportunities
  • $500 – $750 per month for living expenses
  • $1000 – $1,200 per year for textbooks
  • Up to $1000 per year for tuition
  • $500 move – in allowance



  • Currently or formerly in foster care in New York City (If formerly in foster care, student must have aged out)
  • Enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in a CUNY/SUNY school for the Spring 2020 semester
  • Enrolled in a private college in New York City and have completed at least their first year
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • 24 years old or younger

Applications are currently closed. 


NYFC Emergency Fund
(In Care Students)

The Emergency Fund is a unique scholarship program that provides “just-in-time” financial aid to college students who are in the New York City foster care system when personal emergencies become financial crises. Through the Emergency Fund, New Yorkers For Children is able to respond to urgent crises in an immediate and effective manner by providing financial support to students in foster care when emergencies threaten to jeopardize the completion of their studies. Students applying for the Emergency Fund will be required to provide adequate documentation of the emergency leading to their need for the funds.  Emergency funds are granted to students to cover expenses that their agency will not cover. For more information on eligibility and guidelines around requests review our policies in the application.

All applications must be submitted by an Agency staff member on behalf of the student applying so that we can have verification of the student’s foster care status.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis. All applications should be submitted to program@newyorkersforchildren.org.

Click here to download the application.


The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund
(Aged Out Students)

The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund can help you. The Fund assists youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. To be eligible you must have aged out of foster care in New York City, are no older than 27 years of age, enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year college, and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Requests must be urgent in nature.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Click here to download the application.


Phyllis Brodsky
Tel: 212.341.3318
Fax: 917.551.7374
Email: Phyllis.Brodsky@acs.nyc.gov


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. Students can receive a package every semester they are enrolled in school.


  • Student is currently in foster care or was in care until their 18th birthday in New York City
  • Student is enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university OR
  • Student is registered for a vocational program that is a minimum of 90 days


Registration is currently closed.




The Financial Empowerment Fund

Sponsored by First Republic Bank, the purpose of this new merit-based scholarship is to help ease the financial burden of pursuing a college education and to alleviate current debt and/or prevent students from incurring debt. This scholarship is open to students currently or formerly in foster care pursuing a bachelor’s degree.  Each Financial Empowerment Fund scholarship recipient will meet with a Financial Coach – provided by First Republic Bank – once per semester, where they will receive instruction on navigating student loan debt and learn how to establish credit. Up to five students will be selected for this scholarship and will receive up to $5,000 based on academic merit and financial need.

 Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be currently in foster care or have aged out of foster care in NYC*
  • Must be entering their Junior or Senior year in an accredited 4-year college or university
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate significant financial need

 *Priority will be given to students who have aged out.

Applications are currently closed.


The Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is a merit-based scholarship awarded to young adults currently or formerly in foster care in NYC who are 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 because of the obstacles they have had to overcome. Only students entering their third or fourth year of college as full-time students are eligible to apply. Up to $20,000 in awards will be given out this year.

Applications are currently closed.



Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of college students currently or formerly in foster care who serve as advocates for youth in foster care in New York City. YAB’s mission is to support NYFC by shaping public awareness and perceptions of children and youth in foster care, and inspiring peers to become advocates in their communities. YAB collaborates with other programs for positive youth development, education, and professional success, while inspiring New Yorkers of all ages and walks of life to strengthen society. The group meets at NYFC once a month to plan events and programs that positively impact younger children in foster care. The YAB also advises NYFC on the needs of older youth in foster care and provides an opportunity for youth to meet and socialize with one another.

Interested in joining the YAB, complete this interest form.