UW-La Crosse receives grant to help students coming from foster care

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — UW-La Crosse received a UW System grant to help students who have experienced homelessness, foster care and other challenges while growing up, the university announced Tuesday.

The grant, called Fostering Success for Independent Scholars, is $750,000 total for the UW System.  For UWL, that breaks down to $20,000 for program startup costs and $50,000 given annually if the university meets set criteria.

“We’re excited for this needed investment into more successful outcomes for students who were formerly in foster care,” said Stacy Narcotta-Welp, director of UWL Student Support Services. “We will be able to focus on keeping this student population in college so they can graduate.”

The program provides advising, tutoring, peer mentoring and financial help, the university says. Students will be welcomed into the university’s current Student Support Services program. SSS serves first-generation and low-income students, as well as students with disabilities.

“The goal is to recognize that this is a very underserved population in the state,” Narcotta-Welp said. “We’re hoping to provide more services to these students while they are in college.”

Foster students will receive welcome-to-campus packages containing bedding, toiletries and laundry supplies. They will also receive a $500 scholarship.

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