Education Resources

College-level Resources

College is more important than ever, but also more expensive than ever. Scholarships provide an opportunity for foster youth to earn an education, and help youth spend less time working, and more time focusing on their studies. Although tuition fees may make youth think twice. That is exactly why youth should start finding and applying for scholarships so they won’t struggle with a debt upon graduation. Scholarships are not only for those with good grades and can provide foster youth the financial bump needed to take a leap and enroll in a degree.

Together We Rise Program

If you are enrolled at a NSHE college/university (i.e. a public Nevada college/university) or working on enrolling, there is a limited, one-time funding source that can assist students with academic and/or living expenses (rent, utilities, technological equipment such as a laptop, internet bill, phone bill, grocery costs, etc.). This resource can cover things that other funding won’t cover, such as outstanding student balances.

Key Eligibility Info:

   • Must have spent time in foster care (in the custody of the court) and/or the juvenile justice system—in any state, at any age

   • There is no age limit

   • Undocumented youth/students ARE eligible

   • High school seniors with college-related costs also qualify

Please contact Laura Obrist, NSHE Foster Youth Ambassador, for more info: 702-522-7035 (call or text) or

Scholarships and Other Funding Resources

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Scholarships

Education Training Vouchers (ETV)

Fee Waiver for Nevada Foster Youth

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Foster Care to Success and the Casey Family Scholars Program

Get Cash for College! Nevada Foster Youth Financial Aid Toolkit

Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship

Nevada DCFS Education Page

Nevada Promise Scholarship

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

Online Scholarship Guide

Silver State Opportunity Grant


K-12 Resources

Not ready for collage, browse these Nevada student resources.  Be prepared for back to school and make this the best one yet.

NDE Family Resources

READ Nevada Partnership

Nevada Ready 21 ( 21st Century Skills Initiative)

Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness for economically disadvantaged children by enhancing their social and cognitive development through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Head Start programs serve children ages 3-5 and their families. Head Start Program Locator

Nevada School Districts Websites

Carson City School District

Charter Schools

Churchill School District

Clark County School District

Douglas County School District

Elko School District

Esmeralda School District

Eureka School District

Humboldt School District

Lander School District

Lincoln School District

Lyon School District

Mineral School District

Nye School District

Pershing School District

Storey School District

Washoe School District

White Pine School District

Additional Resources for Youth

Communities In Schools of Nevada
CIS of Nevada is one of the largest state operations within the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. CIS of Nevada uses an evidence-based model, implemented by trained site coordinators, to connect students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources. This involves working directly with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support.

(CIS School sites located in Clark, Washoe, Elko and Humboldt Counties)

Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children and Youth

Mission: To create a culture of advocacy and improve the education of children and youth with disabilities through awareness, support and training.

Nevada PEP

Mission: To increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.

P2I - Path to Independence

An inclusive, two-year, non-degree certificate program offering a college experience to students with intellectual disabilities.

A collaborative effort of UNR's Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED), the University of Nevada Reno Extended Studies Department, (UNR EXS), Sierra Regional Center (SRC), the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Lyon County School District and Washoe County School District.

Each student and their invited guests participate in Person Centered Planning (PCP) each semester. The results of the plan determines the level and direction of academic involvement. The STAR (Students Transitioning to Adult Roles) planning process is used, which includes the areas of Academic Enrichment, Independent Living, Self-Determination, Campus & Community Engagement, and Career Development & Employment.

Washoe County-Specific Resources

Cochran Education

FAQ - Educational Quck Facts About Youth in Foster Care

Summer 2021 Prep courses – for incoming 7th, 8th and 9th graders.

WCSD 2021-2022 Calendar

About Us

Nevada's Just in Time Training is a web based service program designed to connect foster parents, kinship or other caregivers with training, peer experts and other resources. Questions are answered and practical solutions to care for children are discussed - all from the comfort of your home or office.


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