The odds are stacked against youth who grow up in foster care.

Only 51 percent graduate from high school.

Even fewer – less than 11 percent – go on to college.

Education is the key to provide youth with a pathway to success.

For years, Realities for Children Boulder County has provided Triumph Scholarships to youth who have overcome significant adversity. Youth benefit from the opportunity to attend local universities and vocational schools. For the majority of students, they are the first in their family to attend college.

In 2014, the organization expanded its scholarship program to include full, four-year degree scholarships in collaboration with the CU Guardian Scholars Program and corporate sponsors. Along with the academic scholarship, former foster care youth receive wrap around services to bolster their ability to graduate and launch successful careers.

RFCBC awards scholarships at its annual Hero Awards Luncheon in April. Organizations and individuals are invited to sponsor scholarships which include naming rights, pending the financial contribution level. If you are interested in helping, contact Eric Schulz at

Scholarship Nomination Form
If you know a student who spent time in foster or kinship care or has faced other adversity, please consider nominating her/him for a scholarship. You may download the PDF here (Note: the form may also be used for Hero Awards nominations)