TWU gets grant to aid former foster care youth
Texas Woman’s University will use a $103,000 grant from the TG Public Benefit Program to help former foster care youth succeed in higher education.
TWU will implement the Frontiers Program to address the special needs of TWU students who are “aging out” of the foster care system.
Only 15 percent of the 1,500 youth who age out of Texas foster care each year go on to any type of higher education.
Less than 3 percent of those who do will earn a four-year degree.
Fewer than half of the youth are employed four years after leaving state care.
The Frontiers Program, set to begin in the 2012-13 school year, will provide specialized services including career development, leadership training and networking opportunities to 15 foster youth over the next three years.
Financial support in the form of stipends will be offered to allow participants time for classes, studying and taking part in campus programs.
Participants also will receive a laptop computer to increase their access to technology.
The goal of the program is to retain or graduate 50 percent of Frontiers Program participants each academic year.
For more information on the Frontiers Program, call 940-898-3615.
TG is a public, nonprofit corporation created by the Texas Legislature in 1979 to offer resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college.
Since 2005, TG has awarded more than $34 million in grant funding through the TG Public Benefit Grant Program.
For more information about the TG Public Benefit Program, visit www.tgslc.org/publicbenefit .