The Fostering Educational Success Center is a program supporting UTSA students who have a history of foster care on their journey to graduation. Students with a history of foster care face unique barriers to success in higher education. Our students often rely on supportive relationships with champions like YOU to help them overcome these barriers and achieve educational success! We aim to improve the graduation rate among this incredibly vulnerable student population by building equitable opportunities through innovative, supportive services, such as: Campus Coaching, Emergency Funds, a Food and Self Care Pantry, housing resources, graduation goods and more!
Any gift made to the FESC makes a BIG impact on the life of students who have a history of foster care! For 1 student:
- $1,500 sponsors a meal plan per semester
- $1,000 sponsors the cost of books for an academic year
- $500 sponsors the cost of professional clothing for a student who is preparing to start their career
- $250 sponsors the cost of a Graduation Goody bag
- $100 sponsors a week’s worth of groceries
- $50 sponsors a basket of hygiene products
Thank you for supporting our mission to move the needle and ensure that all students who have a history of foster care can achieve success!
"The Fostering Educational Success program resonates with me on both a personal and professional level. I recently retired from a company that is active in supporting children and adolescents in the foster/child welfare/justice system and as a result, became familiar with health care and other needs unique to these youth. The program at UTSA opened my eyes to another part of the picture - the challenges faced when these individuals enter college. They receive support for tuition and fees but there are SO many other aspects to successfully getting to graduation day that we may take for granted. Role modeling, quiet places to study, help in balancing work and school responsibilities are just a few things that many youths have around them without even thinking about it - but many who came up through the foster system do not. In 2020 COVID added so much complexity to this picture, with many jobs disappearing, adding to financial pressures exacerbated by the need to have the right equipment to continue learning remotely. I am so impressed by this program and all they do and I hope you will support them as well."
- Theresa LaPera, Colorado Springs (formerly Austin, TX)