Make the dream of a college education come true

Woman walking on GRCC campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Many people dream of a college education but for hundreds of foster care teenagers, it may be something completely out of reach. A growing number of teens who age out of the foster care system simply don’t have the means to continue their education.

Robin Lott, executive director of the Michigan Education Trust, says about 75% of teens coming out of foster care want to go to college, but only 10% of them do. Of that number, less than 3% actually graduate. That’s why more than 13 colleges in Michigan provide a campus coach program. The coach serves as a mentor to help motivate and guide students through college.

The dream of a college education can come true for these students with the Fostering Futures Scholarship. If a student has been in foster care at the age of 13 or above and attend a Michigan public or private college or community college, they are eligible to apply. Students can get up to $3,100 for the year to go toward tuition, room and board, and books and supplies. The deadline to apply for the upcoming academic year is July 6.

You can help make a dream come true by contributing to the MET’s Charitable Tuition Program. The inaugural Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit Dinner is in Grand Rapids on Thursday, June 25, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The evening includes dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment. Tickets are $100 each. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reserve a ticket or make a donation online by clicking here.

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