What is a Fellow?
A Fellow is a student who has aged out of foster care and who wishes to take the responsibility of serving as a role model to other young adults who are preparing to age out of foster care or who have recently aged out. A Fellow is a student who is willing to develop skills and share their experiences in order to guide other students as they enter college.
A Fellow uses their positive attitude, exemplary academic work, interpersonal skills, and personal experience to assist their younger peers in the transition from foster care to college life. Fellows work with the FAF Program Coordinator to help educate their younger peers on topics including time management, critical thinking, campus resources, financial literacy and more.
What are the requirements for becoming a Fellow?
- Completion of Fellow Summer Training Program (formerly known as Boot Camp)
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong work ethic
- High standards for ethics and integrity
- A desire to develop leadership skills through new challenges
- An ability to serve as a positive personal and academic role model
What are the benefits of becoming a Fellow?
- Become a leader in the community
- Receive personalized academic and career support
- Develop and enhance skills for future career aspirations
- Make a difference in the lives of foster youth
- Recognition for your accomplishments, service, and leadership
- Meet other leaders in the community, collaborate on ideas, and share resources
What do Fellows do?
- Acquaint themselves and work with a Life Coach Mentor and the FAF Coordinator
- Enroll in College Success (SLS1510) during first semester of Fellowship
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA and progress towards a degree
- Participate in a community or school organization external to FAF
- Assist in planning and hosting FAF activities for the Fellows and for youth in foster care
- Develop positive relationships with other Fellows and youth in foster care
- Help peers by answering questions, acting as a resource, and solving problems
Interested in applying?
Interested canidates may submit an application at any time throughout the year to be considered for probabtionary acceptance. Each applicant will be
expected to participate in a variety of activities before official acceptance
into the Program as a “Fellow.” Applicants will work with the Program
Coordinator to be matched with an Adult Mentor, an Academic Advisor,
and a Financial Aid Advisor who will help that student reach his/her
We will induct new members into our Fellowship at our annual
banquet in October IF they have demonstrated interest and commitment to our
program’s mission by attending FAF events, attending class, and by meeting with
their mentor and advisors.
Download an application by clicking on the link at the link below or by pick up an application from the FAF Office (Room 226 of Student Union).
Each application must be supported by two recommendations from community members who have known the applicant for at least one year. Please have your recommender place the completed recommendation form in an envelope addressed to the Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program with his or her signature across the seal on the back.