UNLV Fostering Scholars
The UNLV Fostering Scholars Program is a campus-based support network with dedicated programming to support individuals who have experienced foster care. The program recognizes that the population of students it supports is often navigating their transition from foster care to independence while transitioning to UNLV. Fostering Scholars strives to assist students who have previously experienced foster care at age 13+ during their transition from high school to university life and throughout their time at UNLV. This program launched in Fall 2021, modeled after other successful national programs, as the first of its kind in the state of Nevada. The program has demonstrated remarkable growth and success with student retention, GPA, and persistence.
The UNLV Fostering Scholars Program draws together resources from across UNLV and the community to address the holistic needs of students who have experienced foster care. By enhancing a student’s sense of independence and connectedness, the retention and graduation rates of participants improve. Students who have experienced foster care are much more than their experiences! In fact, our students’ experiences in foster care have developed our students into incredibly resilient individuals. Though the program is newer, UNLV Fostering Scholars participants as a whole have demonstrated persistence rates that have exceeded state and national rates for same-aged peers.
UNLV Fostering Scholars’ goal is to create an environment conducive to ensuring that students with a history of foster care involvement leave UNLV with the skills and tools necessary to transform their university experience into a meaningful career with social skills & tools necessary that will last a lifetime.