Fostering Scholars


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    Colleen Montoya Barbano, MSW
    Director, Fostering Scholars Program

    Sonia Falcon, MSW
    Assistant Director, Fostering Scholars Program

    Seattle University
    Fostering Scholars Program
    901 12th Avenue
    PO Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122

    “College has opened up many doors that would not have been opened up to me had I not worked toward a degree. I am well aware that only 2% of foster youth graduate college. I am proud to be counted among them.” Paula Carvalho became the first Fostering Scholar to graduate when she received her degree in 2008. She also holds a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle U.

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    program outcomes

    • 23 graduates (as of June 2014).
    • A retention rate of 85% exceeding the U.S. average retention rate of 77.1%. (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
    • Fostering Scholars comprehensive program of support makes it a national model and one of the only programs of its kind at a private, independent campus.
    • 100% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school. These grads include teachers, nurses, computer programmers and community advocates.
    • With the support of the Fostering Scholars Program, many of our scholars are choosing careers in social work, law, and public policy and will someday be the leaders who will help improve the foster care system they know firsthand.