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A3 Foster Care to College: Guardian Scholars' Experience

For foster youth, a college degree may seem like an impossible opportunity. The Guardian Scholars Program provides current and former foster youth scholarships and a variety of post secondary support and referral services to attend Ball State University. Through the program, we’ve learned a lot about how to help students succeed.

In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in small discussion groups with current and former Guardian Scholars to learn about what has helped or is helping them succeed. You’ll discuss how knowing their experiences can help you prepare foster youth to succeed in higher education. You’ll also learn about how to help someone apply to become a Guardian Scholar

Presenter Bio:

Olivia Fellows, MA, is the Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator at Ball State University. Guardian Scholars is a support and scholarship program for students who have experienced foster care. She earned her Master’s in Applied Social Psychology from BSU in 2014.
Ann Brown, LSW, AM, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Member of the Social Work faculty and Director of the Social Science Research Center at Ball State University from 1981-2019. The SSRC established Guardian Scholars in 2004.



Olivia Fellows, MA & Ann Brown, LSW, AM