Helping Children Soar Scholarship

About the Helping Children Soar Scholarship

Established in 2011 by the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT with help from BHP and other generous donors, the purpose of the Helping Children Soar Scholarship is to support residents of the Northwest Territories who have grown up in foster care to further their education.

Application process

Individuals interested in applying must create a profile on our scholarship application portal. Once your profile is created, you will need to complete our eligibility quiz and then submit a scholarship application to the Helping Children Soar Scholarship.

Applications will be made available during our scholarship intake season, in April/May 2024.

2024 key dates

2 April, 12.01am

Scholarship application portal opens. 

31 May, 11.59pm

Scholarship application portal closes. Late applications not accepted.

Mid- to late July

Funding distributed to scholarship recipients. 

Please find the application process below, including some frequently asked questions. 

The Foster Family Coalition of the NWT is a unified voice, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and youth in foster care by supporting foster families’ well-being. It is a non-profit founded in 2001.

Established by the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT with help from BHP and other generous donors, The Helping Children Soar Scholarship assists residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) who have grown up in foster care to further their education.


Please note that award amounts vary year by year.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Helping Children Soar Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a resident of the Northwest Territories for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Have grown up in foster care

All of our scholarship application forms and additional materials need to be submitted on our scholarship application portal

  • You will complete a questionnaire describing your academic and career goals, your role in your chosen field, the qualities you bring to the field, and how the scholarship will help you achieve your goals.

You must be an eligible resident to apply for a scholarship.
As such, YKCF requires you to make a residency declaration and have a witness sign off.
However, you do not need to print out any forms!
Each residency declaration is a one-click question embedded within the application process.
You just need to provide the email address of your residency witness, and they will be emailed directly.

You can only apply through our online application portal. In 2024, the application portal opens on April 2nd.

Access it here: https://www.grantinterface.ca/Home/Logon?urlkey=yellowknifescholarship

Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted barring extreme circumstances.

If you have more questions, check back to our FAQs on our scholarship page!

For more information

If you require assistance or have questions about the Helping Children Soar Scholarship, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at grants@ykcf.ca or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.