Scholarship Program

The Kids First Scholarship program provides one-time educational assistance for students experiencing homelessness in the Portland metro area. We strive to make opportunities available to those facing financial barriers, including but not limited to costs for: camps/seminars/conferences, equipment for creative pursuits, or summer programs. Ongoing needs such as utility costs, food costs, or medical care are not covered by this scholarship program, as the goal is to fund young people to follow their passions.

Portland area students who meet the following guidelines can apply to our scholarship below. A parent/guardian can also apply on behalf of a student. We review applicants twice a year, the next submission deadline being November 1.

  • Are a student or has a child in grades K-12
  • Currently resides in the Portland metro area
  • Currently experiencing homelessness as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act

We rely on the support of people and businesses in our community who share our vision that every young person can access educational opportunities to reach their full potential. Please help us continue our scholarship program by making a donation here. Every dollar counts!

If you have any questions, ideas, or just want to talk, please reach out to our Scholarship Director, Ashley Lin at

Apply as a Student Parent