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Our 2022 scholarships have been awarded. Please check back in April to apply for the 2023 round of scholarship.

Progressive Life Center’s (PLC) Jackson-Brittain Scholarship provides up to $20,000 over four years to eligible current or former foster youth.

Recipients may apply for up to $5,000 a year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years. The maximum scholarship amount per recipient over four years is $20,000. PLC may commit to multi-year awards, the distribution of which is provisional to a student meeting previous semester/session criterion.

Each year, applications will be accepted during the month of April, with fund distribution beginning in August of the same year. Annual awards may be applied to a single semester/session, or may be distributed across two or more. Annual funds awarded must be utilized within one year of award. Scholarship award payments are made directly to the institute of learning.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants are high school seniors and high school graduates or equivalent, who are in or planning for higher education including trade, vocational or career schools and college. The Jackson-Brittain Scholarship is open to past or present Progressive Life Center foster care program participants. Academic standing is only one award consideration, but multi-year scholarship award payments are contingent on the recipient’s maintenance of good academic standing. This will be clarified on an individual basis but might include, for instance, maintenance of a 2.0 GPA for a college student, or another achievement indicator for a trade student. 

Use the Form at the Bottom of This Page to Apply
The form does not allow you to save as you go, so please review the entire form and ensure you have all of the information you need before you begin. 

Applications must be received no later than April 30. 

Eligible applicants who would like assistance with their application are encouraged to request help from a PLC staff member with whom they work. Eligible applicants can also request an alternative to the essay, such as a brief interview. If you are not currently connected with a PLC staff member, please contact us at info@plcntu.org or (202) 349-7641.

About the Tribute Scholarship
The Jackson-Brittain Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Willard W. Brittain, Jr. and in honor of Dr. Laurence E. Jackson to support brighter futures for foster youth. The late Mr. Brittain’s wife, Mrs. Deborah Brittain, sponsors the scholarship through her family foundation. Dr. Jackson, the Brittain’s long-time friend and PLC President and CEO since 2008, offers formal guidance and mentorship to all scholarship recipients.

Jackson-Brittain Scholarship Application

Please submit you application no later than April 30. Late submissions will not be considered. You cannot save this form and come back to it later, so please have all of the information, your essay and attachments ready when you begin.
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