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College Programs for Foster Youth: Part 2

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Often, when students grow up in the foster care system, they don’t have the financial support or guidance from a trusted adult to pursue higher eduction. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, approximately 50% of US foster youth graduate from high school, and less than 10% obtain a bachelor’s degree. A number of  institutions are dedicating programs and funding to support these students to and through their higher education journey. These programs are giving students the opportunity to change the narrative and work towards a better future.

List is organized alphabetically by institution name. Find part Part 1 here.

 

Texas State University: FACES: Foster Care Alumni Creating Education Success 

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from mentorship, access to a lending library, and emergency funding for expenses like rent, food, or medical needs.

 

Texas Woman’s University: Frontiers Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from limited financial assistance and financial aid guidance, mentoring and personal guidance, no-questions-asked access to a food pantry, on campus housing, and more.

 

Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, Boston University, Bridgewater State University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, Wellesley College: The Wily Network

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness, or who have parents struggling with addiction, mental health issues, or incarceration.

 

University of Alabama: Alabama Reach

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, ward of the state status, or who are orphans or emancipated minors

Students benefit from mentoring, financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships, year-round housing, career and employment advice, and more.

 

University of Arizona: Fostering Success

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, or who lack a traditional familial support system

Students benefit from assistance during the admissions process, professional networking, financial aid guidance, connections to campus resources, and more.

 

University of Central Florida: Knight Alliance Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system in high school, formal or informal relative care in high school, ward of the state status in high school, or who were adopted.

Student benefit from guidance, support, financial literacy education, advocacy, and more.

 

University of Colorado Boulder: Guardian Scholars

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from individualized coaching, tutoring, financial aid assistance, career development, and more.

 

University of Houston: Diamond Family Scholars Program

Eligibility: Students who are Texas residents (qualify for in-state tuition), and have experienced the foster care system, or are a ward of the state or orphan.

Students benefit from financial guidance, scholarships, mentoring, academic support, and more.

 

University of Kansas: Fostering Jayhawk Success

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from a single point of contact to navigate available resources, access to knowledgeable staff, priority to TRIO SES STEM opportunity programs, and more.

 

University of Massachusetts–Boston: U-ACCESS (Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services)

Eligibility: Students experiencing housing insecurity, food insecurity, unemployment, or financial hardship due to the aforementioned causes.

Students benefit from case management, free tax preparation, food pantry access, free legal consultations, and more.

 

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor: Blavin Scholars Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from financial support, a coach, mentorship, academic development, and more

 

University of Michigan – Flint: Mpowering My Success

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system on or after their 14th birthday, who have been adopted on or after their 16th birthday, or who are in a non-secure delinquency placement supervised by DHHS on or after their 14th birthday.

Students benefit from group workshops and meetings with a one-on-one life skills coach.

 

University of San Diego: Torero Renaissance Scholars

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, kinship care, or who are wards of the court or emancipated minors.

Students benefit from mentoring, support for year-round housing assistance, help finding work-study programs, supplemental academic counseling, and more.

 

University of Southern California: Trojan Guardian Scholars

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, kinship care, or who are wards of the court or emancipated minors.

Students benefit from assistance applying for financial aid, budgeting workshops, potential year-round housing, supplemental academic mentoring, and more.

 

University of Texas at Austin: Horns Helping Horns

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, or who are financially independent.

Students benefit from advising, funding to buy textbooks, educational programming, referrals to on and off campus services, and more.

 

University of Texas at El Paso: Foster Homeless Adopted Resources

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness, or who have been adopted.

Students benefit from assistance in paying for college, access to food resources, housing referrals, employment, and more.

 

University of Washington: Champions Programs

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from emergency financial assistance, admission and financial aid application assistance, mentoring, help with college transition, and more.

 

University of Wisconsin – Stout: Fostering Success

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness or are orphans.

Students benefit from overnight experiences (if between ages 13 and 18), access to emergency funds, connection to other youth support services, cooking lessons, and more.

 

Washington State University: Fostering Cougar Champions: Passport to College Program

Eligibility: Students of have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from specialized academic advising, mentoring, career development assistance, wellbeing workshops, and more.

 

Wayne State University: Champions Aspiring to Make Pathways to Success (CHAMPS)

Eligibility: Students who have experience in the child welfare system or juvenile justice system

Students benefit from peer-to-peer mentoring, counseling, tutoring, assistance in obtaining scholarships, and more.

 

West Texas A & M University: Buff Connections

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or homelessness, or who are wards of the court or orphans.

Students benefit from financial aid, college tuition and fee waiver, advising, scholarships, and more.

 

Western Michigan University: Seita Scholars Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from first-year seminar instruction, peer and staff mentors, academic support, financial assistance, and more.

 

Wright State University: Independent Scholars Network

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system

Students benefit from coaching, financial aid, job search and career guidance, residence life and housing, and more.

 

Temple University (PA): Foster Care to College

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or who are at risk of homelessness.

Students benefit from peer mentoring, networking between other former foster youth, year-round housing, a single point of contact for resource navigation, and more.

This program is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center’s Foster Care to College initiative; a long-term collaboration between over 30 child-welfare agencies, independent-living and school-readiness programs, financial-aid agencies, and governmental and non-profit agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

Cabrini University: Building Lives of Purpose Foster Care to College Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system or who qualify as independent or unaccompanied

Students benefit from assistance with admissions and FAFSA applications, career decision-making, year-round housing, access to a food pantry, and more.

This program is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center’s Foster Care to College initiative; a long-term collaboration between over 30 child-welfare agencies, independent-living and school-readiness programs, financial-aid agencies, and governmental and non-profit agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

West Chester University: Promise Program

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, homelessness, or are unaccompanied youth

Students benefit from year-round housing, food and supplies from the Resource Pantry, access to scholarship funds, and priority employment opportunities.

This program is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center’s Foster Care to College initiative; a long-term collaboration between over 30 child-welfare agencies, independent-living and school-readiness programs, financial-aid agencies, and governmental and non-profit agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

Manor College: SOAR

Eligibility: Students who have experienced the foster care system, or who qualify as independent or unaccompanied

Students benefit from year-round housing, access to a food pantry, FAFSA completion help, counseling and career services, and more

This program is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center’s Foster Care to College initiative; a long-term collaboration between over 30 child-welfare agencies, independent-living and school-readiness programs, financial-aid agencies, and governmental and non-profit agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania: Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Students (PROFS)

Eligibility: Students who have experience in the foster care system and are enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester

Students benefit from a $500 scholarship award, free housing at the end of each semester, one-on-one weekly meetings with a success program, financial knowledge workshops, and more.

This program is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center’s Foster Care to College initiative; a long-term collaboration between over 30 child-welfare agencies, independent-living and school-readiness programs, financial-aid agencies, and governmental and non-profit agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.

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