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To help support school-aged children in their foster or relative placement transitions, Families Helping Families of Iowa offers tutoring assistance through our Soaring Towards Success Tutoring Scholarships.

Families Helping Families of Iowa launched the Soaring Towards Success Tutoring Scholarships (STS) to help provide scholarship funding for children in foster care, relative placement, or other approved placement by providing tutoring and academic support.

Program Fees Covered

The STS Tutoring Scholarships also help cover various program and activity fees, including but not limited to:

  • Supplies
  • Books
  • Study Materials

Who Qualifies for Soaring Towards Success Tutoring Scholarships?

Any school-aged child in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services are eligible to apply. Children must be between the ages of 1 and 18. If a child is over the age of 18, he or she must have re-entered into foster care on a special needs basis.

How to Apply for a Soaring Towards Success Tutoring Scholarship

  1. Enroll your child with a tutoring program and request an invoice from the individual or organization with whom you’re enrolling. Forward the invoice to Families Helping Families of Iowa for payment. Invoices can be scanned and uploaded below, emailed to or dropped off or mailed to our office at 3516 Center Point Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
  2. Apply for a scholarship through our online application at the bottom of this page.
  3. If your application is approved, Families Helping Families of Iowa will pay the vendor directly. We will not pay for any approved tutoring services without an invoice. Do not pay your invoice prior to approval of your application as we will not reimburse you.

Caregivers only need to apply for a specific class or tutoring program one time. You can only apply for one unique class or tutoring program every 12 months, per child. Families Helping Families of Iowa will continue to pay for the activity as long as the child is enrolled and a monthly invoice is received. Each new activity or new enrollment for another child requires the completion of a new application. A child cannot receive a Spread Your Wings Activity Scholarship and a Soaring Towards Success Tutoring Scholarship in the same year. 

Please Read: Funding Requests & Information

Families must first request financial assistance through the desired program before applying for funding from Families Helping Families of Iowa. Applications must include an invoice for the cost of the activity. In order for funding to continue, an invoice must be provided each month that funding is requested. Failure to provide an invoice each month will result in a denial of funding.

Funding will not cover items for which the State of Iowa will reimburse. All requests to Families Helping Families of Iowa are subject to board approval before funds are granted. Requests are reviewed monthly. Families Helping Families of Iowa reserves the right to reject funding for any reason. Checks are made payable directly to the business or organization providing tutoring. No checks will be issued directly to foster parents. We are unable to reimburse foster parents for activities that are already paid.

Apply Today

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Your application will not be processed until your first invoice is received. If an electronic invoice is not available, you may mail or bring the invoice to our office.