Michigan schools are getting ready for a new year, and while school will look vastly different than in years past, some things stay the same — including the fact that financial help for college is needed for many who have been in the foster care system.
Close to 12,500 youth are in the Michigan foster care system run by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Fewer than 10% of former foster youth nationally enroll in college after high school and fewer than 3% eventually earn a degree.
While the Fostering Future Scholarship Trust Fund is unable to raise money through in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for scholarship funds is still present. In an effort to continue to raise funds for Michigan’s foster youth, the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund will host its first virtual movie trivia night at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.
Tickets for the virtual fundraiser are $5 per person and can be purchased through the MET Fostering Futures Trust Fund Payment Website.
“A growing number of our youth are reaching adult age and leaving the foster care system with inadequate resources to attend college,” said Robin Lott, director of the Office of Postsecondary Financial Services. “Students who receive this scholarship can use the money for tuition, housing, books and other college expenses. With COVID-19, we’re trying to be innovative in the way we can raise funds for Michigan’s foster youth.”
All proceeds from ticket sales are awarded as scholarships to former foster youth currently enrolled at Michigan colleges and universities.
To apply or learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to fosteringfutures-mi.com or call toll-free at (888) 447-2687.