Support begins with Family

A scholarship program dedicated to propelling youth in foster care into higher education through financial support and mentorship opportunities.

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Family Fellowship Together We Rise + Fund II Foundation

Through the generous introduction by Hope D. Smith with her husband Robert F. Smith, the president and founding board of director of the Fund ll Foundation, Together We Rise has partnered with the Fund ll Foundation to support youth in foster care with financial, educational, and wrap around support.

Our unwavering commitment is to provide higher education scholarships to youth in foster care. Each student chosen receives up to $90,000 with the goal of not only providing financial support, but continued guidance during & after their tenure.

Student Tuition


Five years of financial support to help with tuition, books, and tutors.

Student Housing


Monthly housing allowance as well as housing for summer and winter breaks.

Student Mentorship


Personal and Career focused mentors carefully selected for each fellow.

Student Emotional Support


Emotional and wrap around services to all fellows year around.

Application Process

The main objective of our Family Fellowship Program is to offer family-like financial and emotional support to college-bound, “aging out” foster youth. As part of our family initiative, we will also be a support system for our Fellows and provide things such as mentorship, care packages, winter bonding trips, and more.

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Kyndra  |  
Cal State Long Beach

Anthony  |  
UC Santa Cruz

Taylor  |  
UC Irvine

Kendra  |  
Loyola Marymount

Meet a few of the students

Each of these talented & driven individuals has benefited from the Family Fellowship Scholarship. Their achievements and dedication to higher education is truly inspiring and continues to motivate others who seek the same opportunities graciously provided by our benefactors.


Vaneshia  |  

Ariella  |  
UC Davis

Shay  |  
Mills College

Alicia  |  
Cal State Dominguez Hills

Attended Colleges & Universities These are a few of the colleges and universities our students have had the honor of attending.

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
UC Davis
California State University Los Angeles
California State University Dominguez Hills
California State University Irvine
Mills College
Harvard University
California State University Santa Cruz
Virginia Commonwealth University
Alvin Community College
California State University Long Branch
Duke University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univeristy
Ferris State University
Fort Lewis College
Front Ranch Community College
Illinois State University
Louisiana State University
Morgan State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Norther Illinois University
Prairie View A&M University
Sam Houston State University
Tarrant County College
Texas A&M
Texas State University
Texas Tech
University of California San Diego
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Maryland
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston