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ERIC Number: EJ941200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
From Foster Care to College: The Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University
Unrau, Yvonne A.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v20 n2 p17-20 2011
More than 32,000 young people in the United States exit the foster care system in a typical year by aging out to independence (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2011). Despite available financial support for post-secondary education through the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, only 20% of college-qualified foster youth attend college and less than 5% complete a degree; these rates are far lower than the general population with 60%enrollment and 24% degree-completion rates (Pecora et al., 2006; Wolanin, 2005). There are many barriers that get in the way of foster youth's success in college. Many foster youth face practical or system barriers that make it difficult to access or stay in school after aging out of foster care. Colleges and universities are starting to take notice of foster youth as an underserved student population, and campus support programs designed to provide financial, academic, and other supports to students who have aged out of foster care are increasing. One such program is the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University. The overall goal of the Seita Scholars Program is to increase opportunities for young people who have aged out of foster care to pursue higher education and to provide supports that promote success and well-being throughout the undergraduate experience at WMU. Campus-based programs, such as the Seita Scholars Program, that are designed to support foster youth in higher education are growing. These programs help to level the playing field so that foster youth, like their college peers, can benefit from career-enhancing opportunities typically available on college campuses and realize their dreams for a better future. (Contains 1 figure.)
Reclaiming Children and Youth. PO Box 57 104 N Main Street, Lennox, SD 57039. Tel: 605-647-2532; Fax: 605-647-5212; e-mail: journal@reclaiming.com; Web site: http://reclaimingjournal.com/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; United States