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Fostering Scholars Program

The Fostering Scholars Scholarship Program provides financial aid, academic coaching, a supportive community, and a transformative college experience to students who have experienced the foster care system. For over 15 years, Fostering Scholars has awarded nearly 90 full scholarships to cover undergraduate tuition, books and fees, year-round housing and a range of academic and personal supports to promote the educational attainment of these exceptional students.

Program Outcomes

  • 58 graduates (June 2021)
  • 15-22 scholars enrolled annually
  • A retention rate of 80% 2006-2020
  • Fostering Scholars' comprehensive program of support makes it a national model and one of the only programs of its kind at a private, independent university.
  • Scholar alumni are successfully pursuing careers and post-graduate degrees in a wide range of fields including accounting, cancer research, law, nursing, education, software development and social work.


$15,000
Fostering Scholars Challenge
70 gifts to either Fostering Scholars fund unlocks $15,000 Challenge gift.
70 / 70 Gifts
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$30,000
OMA Emergency Fund Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of Pat Kennedy and Melissa Ries, if 600 alumni make a gift today to any fund during Seattle U Gives, it will unlock $30,000 to the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Emergency Fund.
600 / 600 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
Student Mental Health & Wellness Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of Pat Kennedy & Melissa Ries and an Anonymous donor, 200 alumni gifts to any fund between 6-11:59pm will unlock $50,000 to the Student Mental Health & Wellness Fund.
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
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