One Simple Wish Scholarship Fund

We have fundraised a total of $150,000 to be distributed for 2022/2023 scholarships!

One Simple Wish Scholarship Fund

One Simple Wish is proud to be launching the second annual Scholarship Fund, created in 2021 by our incredible wish granters to support individuals impacted by foster care. The scholarship fund is intended to provide a life-changing resource for individuals who are on their journey to higher education, at any stage of life.

Recent research shows that less than 3% of individuals impacted by foster care achieve a college degree and we want to do our part to change that. We are committed to ensuring that financial hardships and traumatic life experiences do not stand in the way of someone making their educational goals a reality.

Featured 2021 Awardees

Tahj Burnette

Master of Social Work, Rutgers University School of Social Work

Thank you for paving the way for individuals impacted by foster care. I am going to represent this scholarship with pride and promise to continue advocating for vulnerable populations, fighting for social justice and promoting child welfare. For anyone who needs the reminder - don’t give up on your dreams! Dreams don't have an expiration date, so keep pushing and believe in yourself and you’ll make it!

Juanje Davis

Master's in Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University

Being selected for this scholarship reaffirms me never to stop dreaming. The beauty of dreaming is the ability to paint your canvas and manifest all your dreams by faith, tenacity, and drive. This scholarship bridged the financial gap of finishing graduate school debt-free. 3% of former foster youth obtain a college degree - One Simple Wish is helping me change that statistic.

Emily Murray

Juris Doctorate (Law), Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Receiving the One Simple Wish scholarship means that others care about and support traumatized and endangered youth. This resource not only helps me but it also affects the lives of every young person I hope to advocate for and represent as a children’s attorney. My work will save lives and this contribution makes it possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I can breathe a little bit easier because of you.

Alina Gonzalez

Human Services, Cal State Fullerton

There is so much we can achieve despite the circumstances we have come from. I am so honored and happy to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship. I feel like all my hard work is paying off and helping me continue working hard for my little one's and my own future. I was so excited about the scholarship I had told my son (4 years old) and he was like "you got the scholarship! you got the scholarship!". I am just so honored to be a recipient. Thank you so much for your generous, kind, loving hearts.

Makayla Lang

Master of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University

I am ecstatic to receive this scholarship; this will eliminate my need for further aid in the form of unsubsidized loans. Many other youth have natural supports they can count on, and former foster youth such as myself will never have those resources. Programs like this give power and a voice back youth; eliminating barriers to their success, and that is truly invaluable. Thank you again for investing in my future.

Estephanie Martinez

Entrepreneurship concentration, CSUSB

I will continue my education and thanks to your generous support with this scholarship I will be a first generation college student and I will be able to fulfill my dream of impacting my community and helping others. I want you to know that you are impacting students' lives at CSUSB!

All 2021 Awardees

Adham Abd

Ivy Tech Community College

Alexis Scott

Wagner College

Alina Gonzalez

Cal State Fullerton

Amber Drake

Indiana University Bloomington

Anai Avelino


Angela Williams

Notre Dame College

Cameron Dawson

Cleveland State University

Chris Villegas

Paul Mitchell Temecula School

Christina Parker

University of Michigan

Demetrius Armstrong

San Jose State University

Diana Dort

Montclair State University

Emily Grech

University of Colorado Denver

Emily Murray

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Estephanie Martinez Leal

California State University, San Bernardino

Eva Goldsberry

UC Santa Barbara

Faith Roll

Brookdale Community College

Iris Tan

Sanchez College of San Mateo

Isabelle Goodrich

Western Colorado University

Javier Vieyra Lozano

San Jose State University

Jericho Wagner

Washburn University

Jessica Bernaldo

Ocean County College

Juanje Davis

Indiana Wesleyan University

Kay Riley

The Ohio State University

Kendra Schmetterling-Lund

Colorado State University

Kenneth Harrison

Ball State University

Kevelyn Duarte

DeAnza Community College

Kevin Vidal Rodriguez

University of California Riverside

Leah Vance Daniel

St. John Fisher College

Leslie Reneau

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Lucy Baker

University of La Verne

Madison Pellegrino

University of Delaware

Makayla Lang

Case Western Reserve University

Marlon Saechao

San Jose State University

Mary Alice Caudillo Zavala

Merced College

Mayda Berrios

Delaware State University

Megan Wiles

Fairmont State University

Michelle Ortiz

SUNY Old Westbury

Nzitonda Patrick

Washington State University

Samantha Pellicciotti

Montgomery County Community College

Sarah Thomas

San Jose City College

Suzan Nambi

Metropolitan State University Denver

Tahj Burnette

Rutgers University

Teresa McMahon

Texas A&M University

Xavier Asprer

University of California Los Angeles

Xiola Chin

Community College of Denver

Application Process

Review Process and Timing

Our 2022 process is currently closed. Applications were accepted Wednesday, March 23rd through Monday, April 18th. No applications will be accepted after April 18th.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Individual must be 17 years of age and aged out of foster care, be aging out of foster care, or had a disrupted adoption. There is no maximum age limit.
  2. Individual must hold a 2.5 cumulative high school or college GPA (whichever was most recent).
  3. Individual must meet eligibility to receive federal and state financial aid and has already applied via FAFSA.
  4. Individual must already be accepted to a community college, university or accredited vocational school for the upcoming academic year.
  5. Individual must provide a reference to confirm their time in care, and a reference to recommend them for the scholarship. These can be the same or different people.

Recipients must meet all of the above eligibility requirements to be considered.

For any other questions, please email

Equal Opportunity Statement: It is the policy and practice of One Simple Wish to treat all candidates for scholarships with dignity and respect, and to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to color, race, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, martial status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, military status, or any other category protected by law.