About

Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care

The WPN is a statewide collective impact initiative committed to supporting students from foster care and the adult professionals they rely on.

Who We Are

WPN Members


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 WPN. 

Campus Champions


Currently, 45 post-secondary institutions participate in PTC. This means that: 1) Campus leadership has made serving Passport scholars effectively a campus-wide priority; 2) Single points of contact are designated for Passport scholars for both student support services and financial aid; 3) Tailored support services are provided to Passport scholars. Find contact information for PTC campus champions here.

Passport to Careers (PTC)

Financial Aid and Direct Student Support


Passport to Careers (PTC) is Washington state’s publicly-funded scholarship and support program for students from foster care and those who have experienced unaccompanied homelessness. Through enhanced financial aid and tailored support services, PTC helps Passport scholars enroll, persist, and complete their post-secondary programs or apprenticeships. 

Passport Scholars


Students who have experienced state, Federal, or tribal foster care in Washington after the age of 13 are eligible for PTC. Additionally, unaccompanied homeless youth will be eligible starting July 1, 2019. More detailed eligibility information can be found in our FAQ, in the 2018-19 PTC program manual, and on our resources page in the college section. Students who think they may be eligible should submit the PTC Consent Form for verification. 

WPN Strategies

Provide Technical Assistance (TA)


Our team of experts provides customized TA to post-secondary institutions adopting and implementing Passport to Careers student support strategies on their campuses. Request TA here.

Share Knowledge and Stories of Impact


We’re constantly scanning our network and the national landscape to identify effective student support practices, model policies, and relevant research. We facilitate regional and statewide professional development events for our members. And we use our blog as a platform to share stories of impact that highlight the accomplishments of WPN members and the students they serve.

Facilitate Stakeholder Contribution and Leadership


In partnership with the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), our team convenes quarterly meetings of the Passport Leadership Team. The PLT is a 30-member advisory body representing schools, nonprofit, and state organizations from all areas of our state that advises WSAC on Passport to Careers policy and practice issues. 

Regional Service Coordination Groups (RSCGs)


We provide planning and facilitative support to help empower RSCGs in central and eastern Washington. Led by members of local schools and non-profit organizations, RSCGs promote a cross-sector, student-centered approach to regional wraparound service delivery for students from foster care through collaboration, service coordination, and intervention.

Staff

Fred Kingston
Program Manager
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Dawn Cypriano-McAferty
Program Manager
Passport to College
Washington Student Achievement Council

Molly Donahue
Program Officer
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Donna Quach
Program Officer
College Services Statewide Initiatives
College Success Foundation

Leadership and Partnerships

CSF is committed to providing supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college, and succeed in life. Members of CSF’s Statewide Initiatives team staff the WPN.

Established as a cabinet-level state agency on July 1, 2012, the Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.

The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program (Passport) was created in 2007 by the state of Washington to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college. Without significant intervention, fewer than two percent of foster youth are likely to attain a bachelor’s degree.