The Passport Scholar Success Fund
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted existing inequities for the youth from foster care and those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness. Students who receive the Passport to Careers Scholarship are eligible to apply for the Passport Scholar Success Fund. We have been awarding funds pay for rent, purchase gift cards for groceries, cover utility and phone bills, and assist with transportation costs.
Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care
College Success Foundation Stands for Equity and Equality
“As we find ourselves in the midst of yet another storm with systemic racism at its center, I reach out to you to express my shared heartache and pain.
The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery fill me with unspeakable grief. Each of them has their own unique story but also shares a heartbreaking commonality that speaks to ongoing systemic racism. The vivid tragedy that we all witnessed has understandably sparked outrage, shock and sadness throughout our country. Although I am still trying to make sense of my own emotions, I grieve for their families first and foremost and for those who continue to suffer.”
The Together We Rise Rapid Response Program is intended to provide access to flexible resources to quickly address challenges presented by COVID-19 that threaten a foster youth’s ability to transition to and through college. The program will pay for housing, food, technology access, transportation, health care, and other emergency needs.
Foster youth campus support programs and nonprofit agencies can apply to become an authorized referral agency. Approved agencies then make student referrals to the program administrator, Together We Rise, who will assess referred students’ needs, disburse funds and provide limited case management services.
Passport Campus Champions Directory
This directory is the first-stop resource for Washington Passport Network members to find and connect with campus contacts who support Passport to Careers scholars and programs. To use the directory effectively, here are some definitions to keep in mind:
- Designated Support Staff (DSS) is the main contact for student support related questions, including academic services for scholars,
- Financial Aid Administrators (FAA) is the main contact for questions related to financial aid for scholars, including scholarships, awarding, disbursements, etc.
- Passport Campus Leadership (PCL) is the person in a leadership role who oversees the operations of the program on campus.
COVID-19 Resource Guide
We have compiled a resource guide to support the Washington Passport Network during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Guide for links to education and community support resources.
The 2020 Passport to Careers State Conference has been postponed: Learn more.
The Washington Passport Network is a statewide collective impact initiative committed to supporting students from foster care and the adult professionals they rely on. We empower professionals supporting students from foster care with information, knowledge, and tools to improve practices and student outcomes.
If you are a professional working to support students from foster care, or those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness, in accessing, persisting, or completing post-secondary education or apprenticeships in Washington state, then we consider you a member of the Washington Passport Network.
Dear CSF Family, As we find ourselves in the midst of yet another storm with systemic racism at its center, I reach out to you to express my shared heartache and pain. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery fill me with unspeakable grief....
Frequently Asked Questions General Q: What is the purpose of the Together We Rise Rapid Response Program? A: To provide access to flexible resources to quickly address challenges presented by COVID-19 that threaten a foster youth’s ability to transition to and...
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