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Former Foster Youth Students Student Life

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Though many foster youths aspire to earn a degree, about 10% enroll in higher education; of those, about 3% obtain a degree (Gamez, Hoffman, &Whitman, NASPA, 2019). Youth in foster care report that they lack guidance and support needed to prepare for and succeed in higher education (Casey Family Programs, 2010). The Hope Scholars program at UC San Diego supports former foster youths. All former foster youths are invited to participate in the Hope Scholars program, which includes access to on-campus housing, priority enrollment, student employment opportunities, assistance with financial aid application, and more.

Resources or Tips for Your Student

  • Check out the Hope Scholars for information on scholarships, priority enrolment in classes, academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, cultural activities, and more.

  • Connect with someone who can be a mentor and show you more resources at UC San Diego.

  • Learn about research internships and graduate school with Career Services and Academic Research.

  • Follow Hope Scholars on Instagram.

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