Foster-care students

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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


Support staff

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

Passport Navigator

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.

Darien Chui
360-546-9389
Firstenburg Student Commons, Room 136 (Student Diversity Center)


Student graduate in commencement regaliaPaying for college

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.

Foster-care scholarships

Many scholarships are available just for students from foster care.

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


Additional foster-care resources