Blavin Scholars

About: The Education Training Voucher (ETV) program awards grants to eligible students who currently or formerly experienced foster care to help pay for college or specialized education.

Resource: Full-time students are eligible for $2000 per semester and part-time students are eligible for $1000 per semester.

Eligibility: 

  • On or after your 14th birthday you were
    • In foster care because of abuse/neglect, or
    • A juvenile justice youth who was placed in a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supervised foster care placmenet, or
    • An undocumented refugee minor supervised by DHHS
  • If adopted you were adopted from foster care on or after your 16th birthday
  • And have a high school diploma or GED
  • And attend at least half-time at an accredited school that:
    • Awards a bachelor’s degree or not less than a 2-year program that provides credit toward a degree, or
    • Provides not less than 1-year of training toward gainful employment , or
    • Is a vocational program that provides training for gainful employment and has been in existence for at least two years
  • Youth must receive their first ETV prior to their 21st birthday
  • Youth who meet the above criteria can receive ETV once each year until their 23rd birthday, provided you receive at least a 2.0 GPA and do not have more than one incomplete or withdrawal per semester

Click the links below to learn more about Michigan ETV.

Michigan ETV Informational Website

Michigan ETV Factsheet/Eligibility

Michigan ETV Checklist and Application

Contact: In the state of Michigan, Lutheran Social Services administers ETV funds.  To learn more about the process, or get more information, please contact the ETV office directly at:

Phone: 1-877-660-METV

Email: tmaki@lssm.org; acare@lssm.org; rspen@lssm.org