Vestia, Inc. is grateful to have received four grants for our foster youth scholarships program. Because of these grants foster youth in Contra Costa County California are part of the 25% and we are proud to support our youth.
These four grants were issued in 2023:
- Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley Foundation – $5,000
- Ruth Morentz $6,000
- Carole Lindsey $9,000
- The Taylor Family Foundation $20,000
Did you Know?
Foster youth college attendance statistics are sobering:
- Nationwide, only about half of youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school.
- Less than 5% graduate from a four-year college.
- And 2-6% complete a degree from a two-year college.
In California, the graduation rate for foster youth college students is slightly higher, at 25% for four-year colleges and 8% for community colleges. However, this is still significantly lower than the graduation rate for non-foster youth students. Thanks to Foster Youth Scholarships from Vestia Inc the children of Contra Costa County go farther.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the low college attendance and graduation rates of foster youth. These include:
- Academic challenges: Foster youth are more likely to have experienced educational disruptions and trauma, which can make it difficult to succeed in school.
- Financial barriers: Foster youth are more likely to come from low-income families and may not have the financial resources to pay for college.
- Lack of support: Foster youth may not have the support system they need to succeed in college, including mentors, academic advisors, and financial aid counselors.
Despite the challenges, there are a number of things that can be done to help foster youth succeed in college. These include:
- Providing financial assistance: Foster youth are eligible for a number of federal and state financial aid programs that can help them pay for college. Contra Costa County foster youth scholarships are awarded through Vestia Inc.
- Offering academic support: Colleges and universities can provide foster youth with academic support services, such as tutoring, mentoring, and study groups.
- Creating a supportive community: Colleges and universities can create a supportive community for foster youth by providing them with access to resources and services that meet their unique needs.
It is important to note that foster youth are a diverse group with a wide range of experiences and outcomes. Some foster youth succeed in college, while others struggle. However, all foster youth deserve the opportunity to pursue higher education and achieve their full potential. Thank you for support our Foster Youth Scholarships program.