A scholarship program for current and former foster youth pursuing an education in veterinary studies.
In a collaboration between Foster Love, Charles River Laboratories, and the Milligan Foundation, we are excited to offer this incredible scholarship program tailored to elevating the experiences of current and former foster youth across the United States. Read MoreApply Now
Our Award Benefits
Recipients are awarded up to $12,000 a year for up to two years, a total scholarship of $24,000.
Funding is available to support tuition needs, academic costs, housing, travel, equipment, and much more.
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- Individuals seeking eligibility must fall within ages 18 to 25 in the year of application.
- Those applying must hold United States citizenship.
- Those seeking consideration should provide evidence of acceptance into an accredited two-year public or nonprofit college or vocational school, with the intent to enroll on a full-time basis. Read More
- Candidates are required to have successfully completed high school or obtained a GED during the application year.
- Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have resided in either public or private foster care in the United States for a continuous 12-month period leading up to and including their 18th birthday.
- Have experienced orphanhood for a minimum of one year by the time of their 18th birthday.
- Scholars should be pursuing a major in a field related to veterinary studies and aspire to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician.
About Charles River
For more than 75 years, Charles River has delivered solutions to accelerate the development of medicine and medical devices. Their products and services support clients from basic research, discovery, and safety assessment, to manufacturing and commercialization.
With their expansive end-to-end portfolio, global capacity, and proven scientific and regulatory advisors, their integrated approach enables maximum speed and confidence to deliver goods to market. Charles River is committed to supporting foster youth across the nation through education and career advancements.
"It’s hard to believe that I'm just a 22-year-old trying to make a difference, and here you are, believing in me and my career. The American Industries Scholarship has been a game-changer for me, and it’s given us youth the resources and opportunities we need to push forward and turn my dreams into reality."- Melody B.
"Not only has the financial support made a huge difference, but the program’s guidance and mentorship have been invaluable. The obstacles I’ve overcome have fueled the successes I'll achieve. The advice I’ve received has helped me navigate through some tricky situations, and I’m incredibly grateful for Foster Love’s willingness to share their wisdom with me."- Vincent M.
The American Industries Scholarship boasts a 95% program completion rate, with students typically finishing their trade certification in 18 months.
Commencing in 2022, a total of 30 trade scholarships have been awarded to individuals who have experienced foster care.
A total of $300,000 in scholarships has been granted to students currently pursuing trades or who have previously pursued them.
As per the 2023 data from Data USA, the average national annual wage for Veterinary Technicians is estimated to be $81,847.
See how Foster Love is transforming the way youth experience foster care. Check out the Academic Services offered for college foster youth.
Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQ answers some of the common questions regarding the application, selection, and admissions process. Please visit our contact us page for additional information.
No, this scholarship is solely reserved for individuals who experienced foster care in the United States. No exceptions will be made.
No, but it is highly recommended that all applicants apply for Federal Student Aid. Please visit https://studentaid.gov/ for more information about the application and deadlines for financial aid. It is also recommended that all current and former foster youth identify the state financial benefits offered for transitioning foster youth.
A selection committee is tasked with identifying the most qualified candidates for the scholarship. The committee will analyze and score applicants based on extracurricular activities demonstrating leadership in community service and volunteer work, academic merit, career ambitions, and the application essay. The committee will select the top finalists to participate in a series of scored interviews and the highest scoring applicants will be selected. All applicants agree to accept the decisions as final.
Foster Love will review each application and identify the finalist. Students not selected to continue in the interview process will be informed 3 months after their application was submitted. Scholarship selections will be made before the start of the upcoming school semester.
The applicant should start by contacting their school administrator's office and requesting a copy of their academic transcripts. Applicants should be patient but persistent in their requests. The applicant can contact Foster Love through email for additional guidance on how to secure the necessary documents.
Yes, the scholarship can assist in getting you to the finish line! Know that funding is only available while you complete your certification program and is not intended to pay down or pay back any student loans you may have withdrawn. Funds will not extend to any other education or trade programs after completion.
No, funding is intended to only support trade students during the completion of their vocational certification for up to two consecutive years. Recipients are not entitled to receive the full scholarship amount. Recipients will not be allowed to spend down funding. Annual funding will not transfer over from year to year.
No, this scholarship does not have academic requirements to apply, however, the scholarship selection committee will consider students who have performed exceptionally well during their high school and post-secondary years. If academic performance suffered during that time, the applicant should address their challenges and how they plan to overcome them in the future.
If you do not have a mailing address, please contact Foster Love for additional assistance. Otherwise, use your current mailing address on your application. If you will be moving please keep us informed of your new address.
In addition to the monetary award, recipients receive one-on-one support to navigate through their trade program in preparation for the professional workforce. Recipients are given the opportunity to participate in Foster Love national events and apply for internships with partnering companies. Recipients will participate in annual leadership development events, peer-to-peer retreats, career-building workshops, and much more!
These funds are to be used strictly for education-related expenses which can include tuition; administration fees; room & board including off-campus housing; academic supplies including academic technology and tools; textbooks & access codes; tutoring; wellness services; professional & leadership development; relocation costs; travel to academic, employment, or program events; and other academic-related expenses tied to the students' trade program.
Documentation may include copies of the ward of the court letter, guardianship documentation, verification letter from a social worker or advocate, or court documentation clearly stating the applicants’ experience in foster care. If the applicant is having difficulty securing this information they should begin by locating their state’s child welfare agency or ombudsman office. No exceptions will be made for individuals who were never in foster care or for individuals who cannot secure proof of foster care status. Individuals who were adopted from foster care are not eligible for this scholarship. Please reach out to Foster Love if additional clarification is required.
- Foster Love must receive all of the following documents to complete an application:
- Copy of High School Transcripts or Copy of College/Trade School Transcript (if applicable)
- Proof of Foster Care Status
- Business-Ready Selfie or Headshot Photograph
- Acceptance Letter to Trade/Vocational Program
Paperwork must be received no later than the application deadline. Documents not received within the application window will not be reviewed.
All notifications will be emailed to the applicants soon after the deadline, no later than three months after the initial application has been submitted. All scholarship selections will be final.