College Programs

1.) Bowling Green State University ~ Independent Falcon Network
Contact: Stephanie Cramer,

Empowers BGSU students who are homeless, emancipated, foster youth, or orphans with academic supports, opportunities to educate the public, and local, regional and global opportunities.

2.) Central State ~ Emerging Scholars Mentoring Program
Contact: Dr. Sonia Hunt, (937) 376-6649,

Freshman attending Central State who have a foster care history can participant in Seeds2Success workshops for foster youth to attend with their mentors, Power Hour study tables and a Helping Hand by connecting them with local professionals.

3.) Cleveland State University ~ Fostering Success and Leadership Programs
Cleveland State has four programs designed for youth who have experienced foster care personally and aspire to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program
A four-year scholarship that is awarded to up to ten awardees each year. This opportunity is specific to high
school seniors who are preparing to “age out” of foster care. It includes an intensive summer workshop, funding for tuition, books and fees, year-round campus housing and professional mentoring and tutoring.

Helen Packer Scholarship Program: Scholarship opportunity to support youth who have experienced foster care to pursue an undergraduate degree. Scholars receive professional guidance, educational support, and peer mentoring.

• Pratt Center: Designed to provide academic support services, personal and professional development activities for CSU students who have exited foster care and are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.

Mathilde Jane Gutow Endowment Fund: This program aims to support all persons who have experienced the foster care system and are enrolled at Cleveland State University through stipends for books/ educational resources, meal plans, gap tuition assistance, and transitional supports.

4.) Columbus State Community College ~ Scholar Network
Contact: Katrina De Los Santos, (614) 287-2861,

Current or former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Columbus State Community College can join the Scholar Network. This program provides ongoing mentorship, peer support, and leadership experience.

5.) Tri-C Reach Scholars Mentoring Program
Contact: Dr. Andrew Cox, (216) 987-0496,

Current and former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College can be paired with a faculty or staff member, to support and encourage the student’s progress towards degree completion.

6.) Kent State University ~ First Star Academy
Contact: Danielle Green-Welch,

Provides a free, comprehensive four-year college access program for youth in foster care. Also offers a four-week residential summer academy where youth live on the Kent State Campus and receive academic support, enrichment, and the encouragement needed to excel during the upcoming academic year and in the transition to young adulthood.

7.) Ohio State University ~ Fostering Achievement Network
Contact: Cloe Cooper,

Current or former foster youth who are currently enrolled in The Ohio State University can contact Cloe to join this program. Founded and directed by a former foster youth, FAN provides academic, financial, leadership and mentoring opportunities.

8.) Wright State University ~ Independent Scholars Network
Division of Student Affairs: (937) 775-2808
Joyce Winters,

Current or former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Wright State University can apply for this program. The ISN program offers a bridge to students who emancipate from foster care or disengage from the adoptive process. They provide a wide range of services, including help with living arrangements and employment opportunities.

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