The Friendly Scholar Program

Scholarship Overview:
The Friendly Scholar Foundation distributes $5,000 sponsorships to low-income students for alternative forms of education, which may surface in the form of coding bootcamps, trade school, art school, or whatever each student desires. We are in no position to dictate the path that a human being decides to take in life. During the application process, applicants must justify their chosen path, explaining how their path will benefit themselves, their loved ones, and their community. Applicants must also demonstrate through life experiences that they possess qualities in alignment with the Friendly Scholars core values (leadership, integrity, community, grit, curiosity).

Friendly Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in monthly workshops to build skills in resume writing, business communications, self-paced learning, networking and have access to professional mentors. The Friendly Scholar Foundation is a community of people looking to make the world a better place, and as a Friendly Scholar, you will be at the heart of that community.

Website: The Friendly Scholars Foundation
Application: Access Here
Application Information: View Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must graduate high school or receive a GED within 2 years of applying for the Friendly Scholar Program – applicants that do not graduate or receive a GED within 2 years of applying will be ineligible
  • Applicants must be seeking an alternative education path, which does not include the traditional, 4-year, college or university path. Examples of alternative education options include: coding bootcamps, trade school, art school, cosmetology school, among many other options.
  • Applicants must not have any violent felonies on their record or pose a threat to public safety.
  • Applicants must be from a low-income socioeconomic background, which is defined by a custodial (or household) income equal to or below the amount set forth by the Office of Policy Development and Research here

An ideal candidate will…

  • Have a cumulative GPA above 2.0
  • Demonstrated a history of leadership amongst their peers and in their community
  • Uphold integrity and act as a role model for others
  • Involved in their community, with a demonstrated impact on family, friends, and peer groups
  • Gritty – demonstrating a commitment to perseverance and a ‘never-give-up’ attitude
  • Curious to learn and grow as a human being and professional
  • Goal oriented, with a plan to make a positive impact on the world

Required Documents:

  1. Video (2 minutes maximum): “Why should you be chosen as a friendly scholar”
  2. Essay (500 words maximum): “What will you do with your sponsorship money?” and “How do you plan to help your community?”

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please email