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Application for Scholarships for CO Foster Care/Emancipated Youth

Born in Chicago in 1918, Helen M. McLoraine was a pioneer who, in the 1950’s, put on a hard hat, learned about the oil industry, and broke new ground for women to assume leadership roles in business. She studied business at the
University of Chicago and was a long time resident of Winnetka, Illinois with her husband Frank McLoraine who was a lawyer. Helen moved to Denver in 1985, several years after the death of her husband, and lived in Denver
until her death in January, 2003.
Helen was deeply influenced by her mother’s dedication to philanthropy and became a generous benefactor in the areas of education, youth social welfare, figure skating, and medical research. She was especially committed to small nonprofit organizations with great missions and small resources. A gift from her estate was used to create this scholarship program.


The Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship Program for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth was created to provide educational scholarships for foster care youth who are emancipated or are in the process of preparing to emancipate from the foster care system in Colorado. Awards can be used toward part-time or full-time
undergraduate study at any accredited U.S. post-secondary school (including trade, vocational, community college or four-year school).


Read the following carefully. Applicants must:

Have been in the foster care system in Colorado for a minimum of 24 months between the ages of 13 and 18 (months do not need to have been consecutive). Applicants who meet this requirement and are emancipated, were adopted at age 15 or older, or are participating in the Guardianship Assistance Program or Independent Living Arrangement are eligible to apply; and

Be age 23 or younger on August 15, 2012; and
Complete the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2012; and
Be planning to attend an accredited post-secondary school as an undergraduate in the U.S. for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Please note that individuals that are related to a member of the scholarship Selection Committee or a Denver Foundation staff or board member are not eligible to apply.

Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement/potential, motivation, potential for success in their chosen program and field, and financial need.

Scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded once each year through a competitive process. Award amounts can be up to $10,000 per year based on the strength of the student application, educational plan, and unmet financial need. Awards can be used for tuition, fees, and required books and supplies. Awards must be used for the 2012-2013 school year. An individual can receive a scholarship award from this fund for a maximum of three years.

The application form and the items listed on page two must be mailed and postmarked by March 30, 2012.


Application Packet for the 2012 – 2013 Academic Year
This application is for first time applicants and applicants who have applied before but did not receive a scholarship award. Submit all of the following items. Please label your items A, B, C, etc. and put them in the following order:
A. Application Form
Complete the four page application form by either printing clearly or using Adobe Acrobat. To download an application from visit the ‘Scholarships/Grants’ section of The Denver Foundation’s website at
▶High School Seniors/GED Candidates - Complete Section I and Section III on the application form
▶Current College Students - Complete Section II and Section III on the application form
**If you have received funding from this scholarship program, you must fi ll out the Current Scholar Application.
To receive a copy of the Current Scholar Application please contact Lisa Fasolo Frishman at 303.996.7328.**

B. 2012 Student Aid Report
Each applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for this scholarship. Upon completion of the FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that lists your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). You must submit a copy of the SAR with your application for your application to be reviewed by the selection committee. To learn more and to complete the FAFSA please visit

C. Transcripts
Submit a transcript of all college and/or post-secondary coursework that you have completed. If you are a high school senior, or have not yet completed coursework after high school, submit a copy of your high school transcript. If you are in the fi rst year of a program, submit a copy of both your college/post-secondary transcript and your high school transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Applicants who are selected to receive a scholarship may be required to submit official transcripts for verification.

D. College Placement Scores - (Applicants who are applying to post-secondary school for the first time only)
If your high school transcript does not include your SAT or ACT scores, submit a copy with your scholarship application.

E. Personal Statement - Your statement should be typed in 10 or 12 point font and double spaced.
Submit a typed personal statement,no longer than three pages, which discusses all of the following:
1. Tell us why you want to attend college or vocational school. What do you plan to study, and why?
2. Describe the three important accomplishments that you are most proud of and why each is important to you.
3. Describe a time when you had to advocate for yourself. What was the outcome? Please share one or two things that you learned through this experience.
4. In 500 words or less, is there anything else you would like the Selection Committee to know as it considers your application?
F. Letter from Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, CASA, or Guardian ad Lietum
Include a letter from one of your personal advocates. This letter must be written on professional letterhead and include the following information: verify the years that you had/have been in the foster care system, their
relationship to you, the length of time they have been your personal advocate, and their name, phone number, and title. Please ask him or her to describe your motivation, character, chance for success at the school you have chosen, and why he or she would recommend you for a scholarship.

2012 Application Instructions
G. Reference Letter
Submit at least one additional letter of reference from someone who knows you well. This letter can be from a teacher, advisor, coach, paid or volunteer work supervisor, etc. Please ask your reference to describe your motivation, character, and chance for success in completing the program you have chosen. This letter must be dated within nine months of the application deadline and should be on letterhead.

Mail all of the items in one packet postmarked by March 30, 2012 to:
The Helen M. McLoraine for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison Street, 8th Floor, Denver, CO 80206. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. A letter will be mailed to all applicants regarding the Selection Committee’s decisions on or
before May 9, 2012. We do not accept applications via fax or email. All applications will need to be photocopied for selection committee members. For this reason, please do not use staples or binders other than paper clips.
Questions? If you have questions about this application or scholarship fund, please contact Lisa Fasolo Frishman at 303.996.7328 or

Application Instructions continued
Please utilize the checklists below to ensure that you are submitting a complete application.
Applicants that don’t fill out the right sections on the application form, or leave out an item will not be considered by the selection committee.
For high school seniors, GED candidates, or first time post-secondary applicants:
☐Completed Application Form, including Section I and Section III
☐A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
☐College placement scores if they are not on your transcript
☐Personal statement
☐Letter from Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, or Guardian ad Lietum
☐Reference Letter
For current college students:
☐Completed Application Form, including Section II and Section III
☐A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
☐Personal statement
☐Letter from Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, or Guardian ad Lietum
☐Reference Letter
Please do not use staples or other binders other than paper clips.
Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth
2012 Application
Personal Information - Please type your answers using Adobe Acrobat or print clearly.
Title: Miss Ms. Mr. Other: ________________
Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Permanent Address: _____________________________________________________________________________
Street Address City State Zip Code
Phone Number: _____________________________ Email Address: ____________________________________
Birthdate: _______________ Current Age: _____ Name of the County you live in: ______________________
Please check all that apply:
I am a current foster care youth
I am an emancipated youth
I was adopted from foster care after the age of 15
I am in the Independent Living Arrangement
I am in the Guardianship Assistance Program
I was in foster care until age 17 but did not emancipate
Please list the dates during which you were in foster care in Colorado (ex. 6/06-10/09 and 12/09-3/11):
Have you applied for this scholarship in the past? ______________________________________________________
Please check one:
I am a high school senior
I am studying to take the General Education Development Test (GED)
I am studying part-time at a two- year or four-year post-secondary school
I am studying full-time at a two- year or four-year post-secondary school
Currently I am not enrolled in school but plan to enroll in classes in the fall
Other _____________________________________________________________________________
SECTION I - Complete this section if you area high school senior, about to complete a GED, or have yet to
start a post-secondary education.
Name of high school/GED program you attended/are attending: __________________________________________
Current cumulative G.P.A (unweighted) ___________
Date you will receive/received your high school diploma or GED (month/year): ________

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List the main activities in which you have participated in during the past three years (ex: work, clubs, sports, music,
community service, church youth group, etc.).
Activity Time Commitment Dates (From-To) Role or Position
List any academic, leadership or other awards you have received or special academic programs in which you have
College, university, or vocational school you plan to attend: (If you are unsure, list your top 3 choices.)
Name of School City, State
Have you applied?
Have you been accepted?
First Choice
Second Choice
Third Choice
Expected Major/Program Focus: ______________________________________________________________________
When do you plan to start classes (month/year)? ______________ Expected graduation date: ___________________

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SECTION II - Complete this section if you are a current college or post-secondary school student or have
completed some college coursework (excluding any college level courses taken while in high school).
Name of school you will be attending in the fall: _____________________________ City/State: __________________
Major or Program: __________________________________________________________________________________
What degree/certificate are you working towards? _______________________________________________________
How many credits have you completed towards this degree? ______________________________________________
When did you begin your program: _____________________ Anticipated graduation date: ___________________
Have you completed any degrees, certificate programs or other coursework at another post-secondary school? ____
If yes, describe:
SECTION III - All applicants must complete this section. (Financial information will kept confidential and used for scholarship selection purposes only.)
Anticipated Educational Expenses for the 2012-2013Academic Year for your First Choice School:
Please estimate the costs that you anticipate for each semester/term/quarter that you will be attending in the upcoming year. Please leave the box blank if you will not be attending during a certain time period or if your school does
not have a semester/term/quarter that matches the column heading.
Summer 2012 Fall 2012 Winter 2012-2013 Spring 2013
Number of Credit Hours
Tuition and Fees*
Books & Required Supplies
Total for Each
*This information can be found on your school’s website or obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
List your monthly expenses and the associated cost for each of the following:
Housing $ _________________
Child Care $ _________________
Transportation $ _________________
Health Care $ _________________
Other__________________ $ _________________
Other__________________ $ _________________
Other__________________ $ _________________
Other__________________ $ _________________
TOTAL $ _________________
If you have other expenses during the year that do not fit into the categories above, list them in the space below:
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Resources & Income
What date did you file the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) (month/year)? _____________________
What is your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as listed on your 2012 SAR report? ___________________
Are you to eligible to apply for an Education and Training Voucher? ________ If yes, have you applied? __________
Do you work?____________ If yes, where do you work? ________________________________________________
How many hours a week do you work? _______________
What is your position/title? _________________________________________________________________________
Anticipated Financial Aid
List the amount of aid you expect to receive for the 2012-2013 academic year. Include only amounts that do not need to be repaid. Do not include loans. Please be sure to list any scholarships that you have applied for besides
this scholarship in the other spaces below. Receiving aid from other sources does not disqualify an applicant from receiving a scholarship award from this fund.
Amount Pending or Confirmed?
Pell Grant $ __________________ __________________
State Grants $ __________________ __________________
Scholarship(s) from College/School $ __________________ __________________
Education and Training Voucher $ __________________ __________________
Other _________________________ $ __________________ __________________
______________________________ $ __________________ __________________
______________________________ $ __________________ __________________
______________________________ $ __________________ __________________
Total: $ __________________
Signature - Please read the following statement carefully before signing and dating.
I certify that all of the information in this application is accurate and complete. I understand that if I am selected for a scholarship, I may be
asked to provide proof of the information stated on this form, including copies of relevant tax forms. I understand that if this information
is not provided, or if the information is different than presented in this application, that the award may be rescinded. I understand that if I
am selected my scholarship award will paid directly to the school I will be attending. I acknowledge that each school has different financial
aid and scholarship policies that may limit the amount of outside scholarships that can be applied to a student’s financial aid package. I understand The Denver Foundation will not send my scholarship award if it will displace other aid that I have been awarded. If I am selected to receive a scholarship, I agree that my name, award amount, and information provided about future plans may be used in announcements or articles (ex. graduation, newspaper) issued by The Denver Foundation. In addition, I give my Case Worker, Chafee Counselor, CASA or Guardian ad Lietum permission to verify information or answer additional questions. By signing this form, I hereby authorize the college/school that I will be attending to release information about the financial aid I will be receiving and my cost of attendance to The Denver Foundation and The Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth Selection Committee.
________________________________________ __________________________
Signature Date
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