The Bridge Scholars Program Fall 2020 Application

Dear Applicant:

We are proud to support young adults in their efforts to achieving their educational goals through the Bridge Scholars Program. We encourage students who plan to attend school and/or live in Queens starting Fall 2020 semester to apply during this time. 


Please review the enclosed guidelines and carefully complete the application. It is important that we have all of the requested information, so please take extra care to read the guidelines before finalizing and sending in your application. Please let us know if you have any difficulties obtaining all of the information required by the submission deadline of July 21st, 2020. You may have the information sent directly to New Yorkers For Children in order to avoid further delay. An incomplete application will not be considered. The Nick’s Scholars Program is only available to youth who are in, or have recently transitioned out of foster care, and that have been accepted to and/or enrolled in a New York City college or university. The school or college that you attend must be in the New York City area, as you must have the ability to travel to our office for monthly meetings with our Youth Academic Advisor. All applications must be received by July 21st, 2020.


Our goal is to serve as many foster youth from New York City as possible. If you have any questions or need help with the completion of your application please contact us at or 646.257.2930.




Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Executive Director

New Yorkers For Children






The Bridge Scholarship (Bridge Scholars) Program was developed by New Yorkers For Children to support youth who are either currently in foster care of have aged out of foster care in New York City, and wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies. Two students, who will be known as Bridge Scholars, will each receive $8,575 worth of tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year and will participate in other NYFC programs like the Youth Advisory Board (YAB), Peer Mentoring and community-building events. You must attend school and/or live in Queens to be eligible to apply. Priority will be given to undocumented youth.



This scholarship will awarded to two students who are attending school and/or living in Queens.  Students who are not eligible for financial aid are encouraged to re-apply.


New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) toimprove the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort.With focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults.


Please visit our website for more information about our programs.


Being awarded the Bridge Scholarship means you will commit to:

·         Being a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

·         Participate in NYFC Programs/events

·         Serve as an ambassador for New Yorkers For Children


1.      Assess Your Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for Bridge Scholars Program if you:

·         Are a student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City

·         If formerly in foster care, you must have aged out of care

·         Not older than 24 years of age

·         Are currently enrolled in or have been accepted and plan to attend a college/university in Queens, NY

·        Are currently living in Queens, NY

·         Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

2.      Start, Complete, and Sign the Application Form

3.      Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

Information about all required documents is included in the application. If any of these materials are arriving after the deadline, please indicate when you will submit missing material. You must include the following documents with your application:

·         Completed Application Form

Why should you be considered for the Bridge Scholars Program?

    • What are your educational and personal goals?
    • What is your long-term vision and how can a college degree help you achieve it?
    • How would you support yourself in college if you don’t receive this scholarship?
    • What challenges/obstacles have you faced in life and what did you learn from them?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

·         2  Letters of Recommendation

o   Please ask a teacher, social worker, educational specialist, guidance counselor, mentor, or other adult in your community who is familiar with your academic background and who can speak about your character and motivation to succeed in college (family members and/or friends are not allowed). By providing the names and contact information, you give New Yorkers For Children permission to contact your references.

·         SAT or ACT Scores (if applicable)

·         High  school and/or college transcript. We will ask for an official transcript if you are invited for an interview.

·         Proof of college enrollment

·         Official letter of acceptance or verification from Registrar’s Office.

·         Completed income form

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Educational Information:

Foster Care Agency/Worker Information

To be eligible for the Bridge Scholars Program, you must have been in care on or aged out of care.

Income and Expenses

Monthly Expenses








Monthly Income







Award Package for Spring Semester





Personal Essay

Please attach a 3-4 page personal essay that demonstrates your candidacy for the Bridge Scholars Program. Your essay must address each of the questions below. 

1.       Why should you be considered for the Nick’s Scholars Program?

2.       What are your educational and personal goals?

3.       What is your long-term vision and how can a college degree help you achieve it?

4.       How would you support yourself in college if you don’t receive this scholarship?

5.       What challenges/obstacles have you faced in life and what did you learn from them?

6.       What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Recommender One

Recommender TWO

Applications will NOT be considered without completed Letters of Recommendation

By E-signing below, I affirm that all statements made on this application are true. I understand that a false statement or intentional omission of any material fact may cause me to be disqualified from eligibility of this scholarship.