Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship

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

A complete application will include:

  • Don Knabe Safe Surrender Scholarship Application Form,
  • Two written essay questions,
  • High school transcript, college transcript, or General Education Development (GED) Certificate with test scores,
  • LA County Safe Surrender “Letter of Eligibility Verification” from the Department of Children and Family Services. (Please contact us at 562-435-9033 if you do not have a copy of this letter),
  • Educational letter of recommendation (optional but recommended),
  • Personal letter of recommendation (optional but recommended).

The preferred method of submitting your application is by using this online form. Other methods are listed below.

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: LA County Safe Surrender “Letter of Eligibility Verification” from the 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 are unable to submit the above online form, email info@longbeachcf.org to request a PDF of this application to be emailed to you and filled out electronically. Your completed PDF application can be emailed back to LBCF with all attachments saved in the correct format. If you have any restrictions that prevent submission in the above formats, please contact the LBCF at (562) 435-9033.

CRITERIA:  All applicant must be children who were adopted through the Los Angeles County Safe Surrender program and are between the ages 17 and 20 at the time of application who are enrolled or plan to enroll in college (any 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 and part- or full-time enrollment, and the quality of the application.  

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