ARIZONA NEWS

GCU gives Arizona foster care students opportunity to go to college debt free

Feb 25, 2022, 4:55 AM | Updated: 12:12 pm
(GCU Photo)...
(GCU Photo)
(GCU Photo)

PHOENIX — Children aging out of the Arizona foster care system now have the opportunity to get a college degree without going into debt.

Grand Canyon University and the State of Arizona on Thursday announced the Fostering Futures Scholarship. It will cover 100% of the costs for tuition, fees, and year-round room and board for qualified students.

“When they graduate, they will graduate with absolutely zero loans and they will graduate in very important areas like nursing, education, engineering, computer science, and information technology,” GCU President Brian Mueller said.

In 2019, less than half of foster care kids pursued higher education.

“This new scholarship will ensure more of these kids have access to a high-quality, affordable education, but it’s more than that,” Gov. Doug Ducey said, adding the scholarship will give foster kids access to the fundamental needs that many people don’t have to think about twice.

Michael Faust, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, stressed how important it is for room and board to also be covered so foster care students have a consistent place to live.

“Young people need a safe place to lay their head,” Faust said. “Without sustainable housing, without a secure place to live, they can’t worry about an education.”

Jacqueline Carter, a GCU alum who was once in the foster care system, can attest to how impactful it was to have housing year-round.

“This school became my home during school breaks, especially when I didn’t have a place to call home,” she said. “I celebrated Christmases here and Thanksgivings here.”

There are also other aspects included in the program, such as students having access to counseling with admissions and student services, free tutoring, mentoring programs, student worker opportunities and life skills training.

“When we meet with a group of students who currently attend GCU they said, ‘we need help with things like a checking account and health insurance,”‘  Sarah Boeder, executive president of operations at GCU, said. “So we’ll be taking on that as well.”

The program receives money from multiple sources, including scholarships from GCU, the state and the federal level.

The first scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-23 school year soon.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Musician/saxophonist Boney James performs onstage during An Evening of Jazz at Mable House Barnes A...
KTAR.com

Arizona Jazz Fest set to hit High Street for 3 days in late October

High Street in Phoenix will be jumping to tunes come late October, when the Arizona Jazz Festival touches down for a three-day party. 
1 day ago
(Unsplash Photo)...
KTAR.com

Chandler police seeking suspect who lured, sexually assaulted child

Police are looking for a suspect after a child was lured away from a bus stop by a man driving a golf cart and sexually assaulted.
1 day ago
Antonio Raeann (MCSO Mugshot)...
KTAR.com

Glendale woman charged with murder after fatal stabbing of boyfriend

A Glendale woman was arrested on Monday after stabbing her boyfriend multiple times resulting in his death, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Scottsdale Airport/Facebook Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Scottsdale Airport to use $5.4M grant to improve capacity issues

Scottsdale Airport will use $5.4 million in federal grant funding to improve its efficiency and capacity, officials announced. 
1 day ago
The grey 2004 Toyota 4-Runner has a license plate number of "S4A56B." (Peoria Police Department Pho...
KTAR.com

Police seek help finding suspect in carjacking, shooting at Target parking lot in Peoria

Police are seeking a suspect after a man was shot and his vehicle was stolen in a Target parking lot in Peoria on Monday, authorities said.
1 day ago
Follow @OatleyTasler...
Sponsored Content by Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.

Sponsored Articles

...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
GCU gives Arizona foster care students opportunity to go to college debt free