Harrell Foster Care Scholarship Application


This scholarship program seeks to encourage and support African American high school students, who are or have been in foster care, pursue higher education by offsetting tuition costs, student loans, and/or expenses; while providing a mentor to help them transition and succeed through their first year of college.


As this scholarship is offered to those associated to foster care, we adhere to the Iowa Department of Human Services’ administrative rules definition of foster care as: “Foster care” shall mean substitute care furnished on a 24-hour a-day basis to an eligible child in a licensed or approved facility by a person or agency other than the child’s parent or guardian but does not include care provided in a family home through an informal arrangement for a period of 20 days or less.


The award will be disbursed in the following way:

1st payment $1000.00 dispersed in August

2nd payment $1000.00 dispersed in January



1) African American high school senior 

2) Resident of the state of Iowa

3) Currently or have been in foster care with verification through the Department of Human Services

4) Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher 

Application Materials:

1) High school transcript

2) Two letters of recommendations (one must be from a teacher)

a)      How long have you known the applicant?

b)     In what capacity do you know the applicant?

c)     Strengths you have observed.

d)     Why you believe this applicant is deserving of this scholarship.

3) Typed essay (250-500 words & double spaced) including the following:

a) Describe your foster care experience.

b) Describe how events and obstacles have shaped the person you are, and how these life circumstances have influenced you to pursue higher education.

c) Why this scholarship is important to you and how it will help you pursue higher education.

Applicants awarded the scholarship must:

1) Work with assigned mentor regarding scholarship allocation

2) Provide a written recognition of gratitude for the award by June 3, 2022 (template will be provided with award letter)

3) Provide a recent photo suitable for publication (i.e. senior picture, cap and gown, or professional photo)

4) Provide official class schedule prior to August & January disbursements

There are two ways to complete the application:

1. Print & complete the application below (available soon) & mail or email


2. Complete the application here.  

A completed application will include:

  • The completed and signed application form

  • High school transcript 

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Essay

Application must be submitted or postmarked by May 20th, 2022 


Send completed applications to:

LaTonya Calderon

8406 Sharon Circle

 Urbandale, Iowa, 50322

 Questions: Contact LaTonya Calderon at 515- 778-6551 or