Adoption Scholarship


American Adoptions has an adoption scholarship program for birth mothers and fathers! We want you to be able to fulfill your educational goals and dreams. That's why every birth mother who goes through the adoption process with American Adoptions will receive a scholarship application and be considered for a financial scholarship to assist with the costs of education. Should birth fathers be interested in the scholarship, they are also welcome to apply. American Adoptions offers these educational scholarships for the college or school of your choice to help cover the cost of your tuition or books.

Twice a year, the American Adoptions Scholarship Committee meets to review scholarship applications received from birth parents for the fall and spring semesters and chooses the winning scholarship applications. Unfortunately, we are not able to help every applicant with a scholarship. If you are interested in learning more about the Birth Parent Scholarship Program, please contact your Adoption Specialist for more information.

  • The deadline for the spring semester applications is January 1st.
  • The deadline for the fall semester applications is August 1st.

Please Note: Every birth mother or father should understand that choosing adoption for your baby does not guarantee a scholarship will be available. The number of scholarships, and the amount of each scholarship awarded each semester, vary depending on the number of applicants and tuition amounts. Recipients of the adoption scholarship for birth parents are eligible for up to eight semesters. In order to be considered for a scholarship, the adoption must be legally finalized. In order to renew an existing scholarship for all eight semesters you must:

  • Maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average (GPA)
  • Complete a scholarship reapplication form and submit it prior to each semester's deadline, along with copies of:
    • Your grade card from the previous semester
    • Your class schedule and tuition invoice for the upcoming semester

Numerous birth parents have gone to college since the American Adoptions Scholarship program was founded in 2001. We welcome applications from all of our birth parents.

Andrea's Adoption Story

When Andrea found herself in an unhealthy relationship, she knew she wanted more for her daughter. Read her touching adoption story:

Cheyenne's Adoption Story

Cheyenne was shocked when she learned that she was pregnancy — and that she was already far along. Read how the single mom came to her adoption decision:

Ryan's Adoption Story

“Vanessa and I knew Chad and Tara were Caitlyn’s parents, not us.” One young birth father’s touching story of choosing adoption for his daughter:

Amy's Adoption Scholarship Story

Excitement, fear, sorrow, joy are all thoughts that fluttered through my head the moment I found out I was pregnant. Those feelings stirred up such a whirlwind of emotions it caused me to fall numb. I couldn't believe this was happening. ...

Haley's Adoption Scholarship Story

As I type this, it has been eight months, to the day, since I sat in my living room and signed a stack of papers that terminated my rights to my son. As I signed them, I never thought of changing my mind. I knew from the very beginning that adoption was the right decision. ...

Christina's Adoption Scholarship Story

I think adoption is a great thing to be able to do. It helps you to know you can help others to give them a dream as much as they give you a dream back. You're able to pull yourself back up and have a chance to be able to do things that you started and have been trying to finish. ...

Inspired by Those Who Helped Her

American Adoptions Scholar Elissa Commits to Help Others

Courtney's Scholarship Essay

My educational goals are simple. I want to earn my BBA degree so I can better provide for myself and family. I never really had any money growing up and I don’t want my future kids to go through what I did. ...

Idolene's Scholarship Letter

Have you ever felt the sense of completion after you finally found your niche in life?

Jennifer's Scholarship Letter

Getting a college degree has always been a priority for my life. My education hopes and goals are simple, I want to major in business management and marketing. After graduation I hope to open my own successful interactive entertainment company for families.

Misty's Scholarship Letter

I plan on attending Salina Area Technical School and completing their Dental Assistant Program. After I have completed that, soon after, I hope to go to college and become a Dental Hygienist. Currently my four year old son lives with my sister and her family. ...

Lydia's Scholarship Letter

As I have filed for financial aid and looked through the local community college catalog I've realized that I still have many questions, speeding around, in the race track of my mind. I know that going to college is what I need to be doing, but I'm still fine tuning exactly what I want college to do for me.

Katie's Scholarship Letter

Hi! My name is Katherine. I am 22 years old and I am planning on going back to college. I don't know what I am going to major in but there are two areas that I am interested in pursuing. ...

Bryahnna's Scholarship Story

Since I was a small child I have always dreamed of going to college. Six days after placing my baby up for adoption, I returned to finish my final year of high school. I was weeks behind all the other students. ...

Nakeisha's Scholarship Letter

My goals and hopes for the future are based on my children as well as myself. I want to be able to support my family. Being a massage therapist has been a lifelong dream. ...

Kristen's Adoption Story

I hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant until I contacted American Adoptions. I had thought my decision through very thoroughly and decided since I wasn’t ready for a child, I wanted to give my baby everything I couldn’t provide and adoption was my best choice. It took me a while to actually find the right family. ...

Angela's Adoption Scholarship Story

On 11/14/2009 I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and it was only three months earlier I found out I was pregnant. Four months if not nearly long enough to adjust to a life changing situation but I did it and came out stronger than I ever knew I was. My baby grew inside of me for six months without even letting me know he was there, which is ironic in itself given my very shy personality. ...

Donna's Adoption Scholarship Story

There is so much to say about my adoption story. At first I was thrilled about my pregnancy and have a brother or sister for my daughter to grow up with. My marriage quickly dissolved and 5 months later I was on my own with my daughter. ...

Mary's Adoption Scholarship Story

My adoption story began on March 24, 2009, when I was told the most shocking news of my life. A physician at the Women's Clinic told me that I was three months pregnant. The reason this was so incredibly shocking was because I had not been sexually active in any way, shape, or form nor had I had any pregnancy symptoms in the past three months. ...

Kelly's Adoption Experience

Around four months of pregnancy, I called American Adoptions and became in contact with an adoption specialist. I felt an immediate connection. I was depressed and unsure of everything and she was very understanding and patient, never pressuring me about anything. She gave me nothing but encouragement and support. She answered all of my questions and when I had nothing to say she let me cry.

Denee's Adoption Story

My boyfriend and I got pregnant after only dating for a month. We tried to think of every way possible to keep our daughter but nothing was working out right. I live in Arizona while he lives in Colorado. ...

Jade's Adoption Story

I’m not going to sit here and say it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done because it was actually the opposite. But, in the end, what it all came down to is my baby’s future. I felt as if it would be selfish of me to keep her away from the best life she could have.

Christy's Adoption Scholarship Story

All I can say about adoption is that I am glad it was there for me. I am glad I had the option that would benefit everyone in the end. It is at first an unfortunate situation to be in for the birth mother. ...

Jessica's Adoption Scholarship Story

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was frightened. I cried until I could cry no more. What was I going to do? ...

Penny's Adoption Scholarship Story

I decided to place my baby for adoption early on in the pregnancy. However, I did not call the adoption agency until the day before I gave birth. The adoption counselor was absolutely wonderful, and made me feel so completely comfortable. ...

Amanda's Adoption Scholarship Story

The minute I knew I was pregnant I felt my whole world start caving in. After lots of research and heart felt talks with my boyfriend, we both decided that adoption was the best option for us. We both knew that if we were to keep our child we would not be able to give her the life we always dreamed of giving. ...

Lisa's Adoption Scholarship Story

Through American Adoptions, I have been able to make choices in my life that I might not have been able to make otherwise. I was a divorced single mother when I found out that I was pregnant with a second child. Being recently divorced my life was going through much turmoil and I was positive that I was not financially secure to raise two children. ...

Kelly's Adoption Scholarship Story

No one could have prepared me for the whirlwind of emotions that came with my unexpected pregnancy. At nineteen, my life was as "normal" as anyone else's. I was attending school with a bright outlook for my future. ...

Autumn's Adoption Scholarship Story

Anger, sorrow, frustration, confusion, pain, and humiliation were just a few of the emotions I felt when I found out that I was pregnant. Everyone around me offered advice, and yet I still felt alone. Nobody told me what to do, and yet I still felt pressured. ...

Nikalit's Adoption Story

I am 22 years old and about seven months ago I was faced with what was and probably will ever be the hardest decision of my life. October 12, 2003, is the day that my life was forever changed. I was faced with an unplanned pregnancy. ...

Katie's Adoption Story

For me, abortion was never an option. Even before I became pregnant, subconsciously, I knew I would consider adoption if the issue ever came up under bad circumstances. So, apparently, when the issue actually did come up I considered all of my options and my motives.

Cori's Adoption Story

I leaned over my son's crib and admired my sleeping angel. His chubby little hands curled up into tight fists and his long eyelashes fluttered at my movements over him. I touched his cheek gently and felt tears running down my own. ...

Dusty's Adoption Scholarship Story

I first became a mother at the age of 16. Since then, I have been on my own struggling to support a family. I finished high school, but college has been hard. ...

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  • Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

    American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. We work with thousands of women each year facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to women in need. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you 7 days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and the options available to you.

  • How much information about the family will be shared with me?

    You can share however much or little information about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing. The adoptive family will know your first name, your last name (but only once the child is placed in their care), your medical history and the state that you live in.

  • How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

    This is a question that can only be answered by the individual family. Each family has their own style of how to introduce the adoption to the child. When you are matched with your adoptive family, you can ask this question to them. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it with them for you, just let her know.

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