TEACh Fund Scholarship
Photo by Hannah Davey
Jessie Peterson, left, embraces TEACh Opportunity Scholarship committee member Lynda Bowman at the 2012 VCCF Scholarship Awards Reception. Bowman was in the foster care system when she was a child as well.
The TEACh Fund Scholarship at the Ventura County Community Foundation awards previous and current youth in the foster care system scholarships to continue their education.
Since 1994, TEACh – or Training and Education Achievement by Children – has been giving financial assistance to students who have the drive, but not the support from parents or guardians, to achieve their goals.
“Education really is our only way out,” 2012 TEACh Opportunity Scholarship recipient Jessie Peterson said. “Without any support from family members, without a fallback, somebody to lean back on when we’re out of the system, we have nothing. So education is the opportunity to really be somebody and do something in life.”
Listen to the inspiring story of TEACh Opportunity Scholarship winner Jessie Peterson.
Average Amount of Award
Varies from $750 to $2,500
Average Number of Awards
Demonstration of Financial Need
Not required, but considered in the selection process
No Minimum GPA
Current and former foster youth under the age of 25 who are or have been in out-of-home care (foster care or a group home) in Ventura County and who will graduate from high school or earn a GED or who have graduated from high school or completed the GED. Applicants must be enrolling in an accredited community college, four-year college or university, or vocational, career, trade, or technical institution to further their education.
Other Special Requirements
Awards only for current and emancipated foster youth in Ventura County who will attend or are attending a community college, trade or technical school, or four-year college or university. There is also a special TEACh Opportunity Scholarship for students who meet all criteria but may be 25 years or older and pursuing undergraduate or graduate level studies. Students must apply for the TEACh Fund Scholarship to be considered for either or both awards. Awards are not renewable but prior recipients may re-apply for consideration in successive years.