Dare to Dream Scholarship Program

Enhancing the academic journey for foster youth

84% of 17 and 18 year old foster youth want to attend college, but sadly only 2.5% actually go to college and graduate with a degree. VOA launched the “Dare to Dream" Scholarship Program in 2006 and thanks to our sponsors, we have awarded over $400,000 in academic scholarships to over 200 youth. Past scholars have been able to attend Stanford, UC Berkeley, Diablo Valley College, Clark Atlanta University, UCLA, Solano Community College, City College of San Francisco, Yale University, Whittier College, Oregon State University, and more.

"Thank you for investing in my future and empowering me to fulfill my dreams"

  • Sponsor a scholarship

    • Interested supporters can make a charitable donation to grant a dream of college for an at risk youth.
    • For the 2022 scholarship, every gift made will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
    • The Dare to Dream Review Committee reads all the applications and scores based on the areas of focus. Top scored applicants are awarded a scholarship.

    • become a sponsor

  • Application Process

    • 2022 Dare to Dream scholarships are being collected from March 1st through April 15th.
    • Contact Reem Al-Amin at ral-amin@voa-ncnn.org to learn more about the scholarship program or to receive assistance with your application.
    • See page one of the application for all eligibility criteria and page two for required documentation.
    • Scholarships are awarded by the first week of June 2022.

    • view the application