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Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Western Michigan University's efforts to provide education and support for foster youths has once again been recognized, this time on the front page of the Detroit Free Press.

Heather Nichols will graduate from WMU with 2,700 other students on Saturday, but she'll stand out in the crowd. Nichols is the first four-year graduate attending WMU on a Seita Scholarship, part of WMU's Foster Youth in Higher Education Initiative.

The Seita Scholarship offers full tuition, room and board, and other funding for foster youths. In addition to financial support, the students are offered a range of services and support that may usually be provided by a family unit—including moral and academic support, and household necessities and supplies. Started in 2008, the program has grown to include more than 130 students.

The Detroit Free Press article details the beginnings of the program, including the ability to provide the funds necessary to establish such a groundbreaking initiative in the middle of a state and nationwide economic downturn.

WMU's successful efforts have also triggered other Universities in the State of Michigan to establish similar scholarships, making Michigan a leader in Higher Education for foster youths. 

Please read the Detroit Free Press article here.

To learn more about the Seita Scholarship or Foster Success Initiative, please follow the link below.