New Program Offers College Access Without Debt for NC Adoptees and Former Foster Youth

Apr 18, 2008, 01:00 ET from Orphan Foundation of America

    RALEIGH, N.C., April 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NC Reach is a new
 scholarship program created to benefit students who were in public foster
 care, assuring that they can complete their undergraduate education without
 incurring student loans.
     The NC Reach scholarship provides significant financial assistance to
 pay for the costs of attendance at North Carolina public universities and
 community colleges. Costs of attendance, which are predetermined by the
 college, include tuition, fees, room and board, supplies, transportation to
 school, and other costs specifically required to complete the educational
     In addition to financial assistance, students are provided services
 like virtual mentoring, care packages, and internships to enhance their
 educational program. Eligible students are those who have completed their
 secondary education and who were in NC DSS foster care on their 18th
 birthday, or who were adopted from North Carolina public foster care on or
 after their 12th birthday. Students may qualify for the scholarship through
 age 25.
     "North Carolina has made a significant investment in the future by
 implementing the NC Reach scholarship program. The State will benefit as
 many more young people complete their education and make a successful
 transition to the workforce and adult life," said Eileen McCaffrey,
 executive director of the Orphan Foundation of America, which is
 administering the new program.
     For more information
     Call: 1-800-585-6112
     Online application at
     The North Carolina Reach Program is administered by the Orphan
 Foundation of America

SOURCE Orphan Foundation of America