Mary Ware Scholarship
The Mary Ware Scholarship Fund was formed in memory of the late Mary Ware because of her love of children in need. The Scholarship provides financial grants to attend Georgia’s institutions for higher learning. These grants will go to deserving Georgia High School graduates. The focus is on children who are "at risk" and have a strong financial need.
Eligible grant applicants are not in the Foster Care system, may have a promising future if a vocational, apprentice or trade school opportunity presents itself. Many children are whisked away from their homes due to neglect or abuse but instead of ending up in foster care, they are sent to live with relatives such as grandparents, aunts or cousins with little or no financial assistance to help care for them. The Foster Care Support Foundation opens its doors to include them in their clothing program but many other areas remain unmet.
Due to not living in the system from age 14 and older, they are unable to take advantage of the many programs provided by Georgia’s Independent Living program that provides college tuition to foster care youth. These teens also may have little or no mentoring resources that would enable them to reach the B average to maintain the Hope Scholarship requirement could benefit at a chance at going off to learn a trade or vocation. This scholarship reaches into the hidden cracks that often exists in the reunification to family.
Application and requirements can be found on the Foster Care Support Foundation website at the Foster Cares website.
There are currently over 8,000 at risk children in Georgia’s foster care system but thousands more are placed with struggling relatives in the hope they can avoid being placed in foster care. These are the ones that have no hope of being included in the free foster care tuitions given to the children that age out of the system.
Foster Care Support Foundation supports children from birth through college graduation through a variety of outlets. From giving high quality free clothing, toys and infant-safe necessities to scholarships, free seminars to foster parents, and the nationally recognized Prom-a-Palooza. Foster Care Support Foundation works to serve children and families across the state of Georgia.
Foster Care Support Foundation does not receive or seek state or federal funding. They receive their financial and volunteer assistance from businesses, grants, private citizens, civic and faith-based organizations. It exists because caring citizens, corporation, organization and communities care about children in crisis.