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

    • 29 graduates (June 2015)
    • A retention rate of 80%
    • Fostering Scholars' comprehensive program of support makes it a national model and one of the only programs of its kind at a private, independent university.
    • Program alumni are successfully pursuing careers and post-graduate degrees in a wide range of fields including accounting, law, nursing, software development and social work.