Pay-it-forward Scholarships

Safe Passage Foundation's scholarships are granted with a pay-it-forward pledge. Recipients of the scholarships are asked to "pay it forward", pledging to try to support Safe Passage Foundation's scholarship fund or a similar scholarship fund in the future.

Scholarship benefits are divided into three different categories. An applicant may apply in one or more categories to be eligible for a scholarship benefit:

  • Demonstrated financial need. If an award is made on the basis of financial need, it is assumed that the student's financial situation will remain unchanged for the next academic session. (See attachment, Safe Passage Foundation Financial Need Assessment Form)
  • Academic achievement. To be eligible for an award in this category, the applicant must currently have and maintain a grade average equivalent to at least 80%. Transcripts of the applicant’s grades must be submitted with the application. Successful applicants must submit transcripts each semester for the previous term.
  • Community participation and involvement. To be eligible for an award in community participation and involvement, an applicant must have demonstrated leadership, outstanding achievement over obstacles and/or commitment to community participation, including (but not limited to) improving the lives of other current and/or former HDO children.

Apply for a scholarship Donate


  • Applicants in the United States must be currently enrolled in or admitted to an accredited academic degree/diploma/certificate program at a school eligible to participate in the Federal student financial assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended.  Applicants in other countries are also eligible provided they are or will be attending an accredited college or university.  
  • Awards are limited to a maximum of $5,000 USD, but the amount may vary from year to year, subject to funding.
  • The applicant must have been born and/or raised in an high demand organization (HDO). Whether or not the community the applicant was raised in meets the criteria established for an HDO will be determined by the selection committee.
  • There are no restrictions based on race or employment status of the recipient or any relative of the recipient.  SPF will not base its selection on the employment status of the applicant. No relatives of members of the selection committee will be eligible for receiving scholarship benefits from SPF.
  • If a recipient has qualified for an award in the academic excellence category, transcripts of recipient’s current grades must be sent to the selection committee each semester. If the grade average of the recipient falls below the equivalent of 80%, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award, and subsequent payments will not be made. Recipients in other categories must provide evidence (in the form of transcripts or other official documentation from their academic institution) of having successfully completed the semester with a passing grade to be eligible to reapply in subsequent academic terms.

Apply for a scholarship Donate


In January 2012, SPF resumed its program to provide college scholarships to those who were raised in cults that routinely violated the basic human rights of children.

The scholarship program was initially funded by a donation pledge in memory of Daniel Frouman. Following the June 2012 death of Safe Passage Foundation founder Julia McNeil, we renamed our scholarship program in her honor.

In 2012 and 2013, we disbursed 6 $500 scholarship awards to three students. Scholarship availability is dependent on available funding. The scholarship program is currently funded by donation pledges totaling $2000 per year (sufficient for for 4 $500 scholarships). We are planning a fund-raising campaign to increase both the scholarship amounts and the number of awards.

Apply for a scholarship Donate