From Foster Care to College
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Nationally, just 50 percent of foster youth graduate high school by age 18, according to estimates, and 2 to 9 percent obtain a bachelor's degree. Too often young people who've spent time in foster care lack not only the money to apply and pay for college but also the direction from adults to fill out applications, secure financial aid, and choose a school.
Western Michigan University sophomore Kayla Mayes knows this firsthand. She has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. Thanks to the Seita Scholars Program, however, she is getting the academic, financial, and emotional support she needs to make it to and through college.