The Gilbert Scholarship, Inc. is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit awarding need-based scholarships annually to a student(s) in the Fostering Bright Futures Program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC or Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. All students are in their early 20s and have spent time in foster care. Many have no outside support, no place to go for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and no mom or dad to text when life gets hard. Some even enter the program with no car or home.
The Fostering Bright Futures Program at Wake Tech provides financial, academic and social support to help them learn to live as independent adults and get the education they need for gainful employment. The Gilbert Scholarship, Inc. contributes directly to this cause, with the goal of helping to create more programs in community colleges that ensure rounded support for students from foster care.