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New Futures

I am on this path and process in obtaining a higher education and New Futures has provided me with the resources (both financial and academic) that will allow me to continue attending school. They have taught and showed me the tools and skills that will help me achieve my goals and dreams." -Roger Figueroa

Download a Spring 2016 New Futures Scholarship Application


New Futures Scholarships (formerly called the Allen Gould Scholarships) enable highly-motivated young people from low-income families to realize their dreams of going to college or attending shorter non-college certification programs.

New Futures partners with LAYC and other community organizations, such as Covenant House and For the Love of Children. The community organizations nominate youth for the New Futures Scholarship, while also mentoring, supporting and monitoring the young people throughout their post-secondary education.

Through The Next Step and YouthBuild Public Charter schools, College Access and its other educational and social programs, LAYC works with youth interested in continuing their education and helps them to obtain financial assistance necessary to pay for post-secondary education.

How New Futures Works

New Futures supports young people pursuing a wide range of education goals, including professional accreditation, community college, and four-year college.

01.New Futures finances up to 90%, up to $12,000, towards non-college professional certification programs and vocational training. Some of the fields pursued by students include: computer science, medical technology, nursing, cosmetology and culinary arts.

02.New Futures also grants financial aid of up to $1,600 per semester for students pursuing college education, to fill the gap that remains after Pell grants, student loans and other financial aid sources have been exhausted.

Students pursuing their high school diploma or GED are eligible to be nominated for a New Futures Scholarship.

My dream was always to become a nurse. Without the scholarship, I would never have been able to afford Sanz School. As a result, I’ve been a medical assistant for the last two years now and I am enrolling in UDC’s nursing program. - Flor Carranza

Significant Impact

Along with LAYC, several community organizations work with New Futures to help low-income young people access the financial support available through New Futures so that these motivated students can pursue their educational goals.

So far, New Futures has helped finance the post-secondary education of 125 low-income young people. Scholarship awards to date total more than $1.1 million.

With the scholarship money, I was able to get more than five computer certifications that helped land me the job I have now. I am the network administrator at the Neighbor’s Consejo outreach agency, and I’m in charge of their entire networking system. - Lizandro Diaz

To Apply

You will need the following to apply:

  • A complete application (download)
  • Current high school transcript or GED diploma and test scores (if you are already enrolled in post-secondary education, a current cumulative transcript must be included)
  • Personal essay
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Financial Aid documentation (if applicable)

*Students who plan to attend a 2-year and/or certificate programs are strongly encouraged to apply.*

To Learn More about the New Futures Scholarship

Check out the website: www.newfuturesdc.org

Or please contact:

The LAYC College Access Office

(202) 780-4436

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 13:19