Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship

DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted online and received in the LBCF office before 5 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

A complete application will include:

  • Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship application form,
  • Two written response essay questions (max of 300 words each),
  • A high school transcript, college transcript, or General Education Development (GED) certificate with test scores,
  • A Los Angeles County Safe Surrender “Letter of Eligibility Verification” from the Department of Children and Family Services. (Please contact us at 562-435-9033 or at info@longbeachcf.org if you do not have a copy of this letter),
  • An educational letter of recommendation (optional but recommended),
  • A personal letter of recommendation (optional but recommended).

Please complete all applicable fields.

Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship Application Form

1. APPLICANT INFORMATION




2. ACADEMIC INFORMATION

3. COLLEGE INFORMATION

Type of College:

CommunityVocationalCareerUniversity

Part-timeFull-time
In-StateOut-of-State

4. ATTACHMENTS

(Upload all attachments below. PDF is the preferred file type but Word documents are also acceptable. No other file type is accepted.)
a) Essay 1: Write an essay (max. 300 words) describing what kind of person are you now, and how will achieving your greatest dream help you become the person you want to be? Please save your essay file as your full name and essay 1, example John_Smith_Essay1.pdf.

b) Essay 2: Write an essay (max. 300 words) describing a challenge you are currently facing and how you plan to overcome it. Please save your essay file as your full name and essay 2, example John_Smith_Essay2.pdf.

c) Transcripts: Your high school transcript, college transcript, or GED Certificate with test scores. Please save your file as your full name plus transcript, for example John_Smith_Transcript.pdf.

d) Letter(s) of Recommendation: Upload a maximum of two letters of recommendation. One educational letter of recommendation and one personal letter of recommendation are encouraged. Please save file as your full name and recommendation educational or recommendation personal, for example, John_Smith_Recommendation_Educational.pdf. or John_Smith_Recommendation_Personal.pdf.

e) Letter of Eligibility Verification: A Safe Surrender “Letter of Eligibility Verification” from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.

5. UPLOADS

  • Essay 1:
  • Essay 2:
  • Transcripts:
  • Educational letter of recommendation(not required but recommended):
  • Personal letter of recommendation (not required but recommended):
  • Letter of Eligibility Verification:


If you have any restrictions that prevent submission in the above format, please contact the LBCF at (562) 435-9033 or info@longbeachcf.org.

CRITERIA:  All applicants must be children who were adopted through the Los Angeles County Safe Surrender Program, are between the ages 17 and 20 at the time of application, and are enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited educational institution which may include universities, community colleges, trade or vocational schools, etc.

GUIDELINES:  Scholarships are awarded annually and will be disbursed in the Fall directly to the student’s school, upon proof of enrollment by the applicant.

AMOUNT: The scholarship award amount may vary between $500 and $5,000. Factors in determining scholarship award amounts include available funds, the number of applications received, the type of school, part- or full-time enrollment, and the quality of the application.  

RENEWAL: This scholarship is for the term of one year.