Cougs come from all walks of life, including foster care. You can succeed at WSU Vancouver, and we're here to help.
"My advice to foster youth: Ask yourself, what is your dream? Then, know that it doesn't just have to be a dream. You can make it happen, and the tools and resources are available for you to succeed."
—Darien Chui, Passport Scholar, accounting and management information systems major
Designated support staff provide assistance and guidance. Our mission is to promote your academic and personal success. Call or email us.
- Sky Wilson—Student Diversity Center Advisor
- April Tovar—Assistant Director of Student Financial Services
The Passport Navigator is a current student who provides peer mentorship to students from foster care. Contact the Passport Navigator to learn about resources on campus, connect with social opportunities and get your questions about college life answered.
You can afford college! Students from foster care are eligible for many types of financial aid.
Visit Student Financial Services for information about financial aid, scholarships and other financial assistance.
Passport to College Promise Scholarship program
WSU Vancouver participates in Washington State’s Passport to College Promise Scholarship program. The program provides financial assistance and other support to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college.
Many scholarships are available just for students from foster care.
- College Bound Scholarship
- Passport to College Promise Scholarship
- Washington State Governors' Scholarship
- Casey Family Scholars Scholarship
- Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
Learn about more scholarship opportunities.
"Through the scholarships that were awarded to me because I was in foster care, my tuition, books and living expenses were taken care of. This made my dream of college an actual possibility!"
—Corrina Gensitskiy, social science major
- Extended Foster Care Program—Eligible foster youth at age 18 can voluntarily agree to continue receiving foster-care services while they are in college.
- Independent Living Skills (ILS) Program
- Transitional Living Skills (TL) Program
- Supplemental Education Transition Planning Program (SETUP)—Foster youth can receive support, such as financial aid guidance and college application assistance, to prepare for college.
- Connect 2 Careers Program—Available through Educational Service District 112, the program helps young people from Clark and Cowlitz counties gain skills needed to find jobs.