Fostering Jayhawk Success

Fostering Jayhawk Success is a network of higher education professionals working together to support former foster youth throughout their higher education journey at the University of Kansas.

Benefits to participating in Fostering Jayhawk Success

  • Single Point of Contact (Home base) to help you find the resources and services you need throughout your time at KU
  • Access to a network of staff, faculty and fellow students who are knowledgeable about programs and policies that may impact you, such as Kansas Kids GEAR UP, the tuition waiver and independent living services
  • Priority admission to the TRIO SES STEM opportunity programs, which provide direct services to students who are first-generation, low-income, or who have a disability

Fostering Jayhawk Success (FJS) began with a campus conversation about how KU can create a welcoming and supportive environment for students who have been in foster care, especially those who may have aged out of the system, or were in foster care after the age of 13. This conversation has evolved into an initiative that has three goals:

  • Increase understanding of policies and programs that may impact students who have been in care
  • Create a network of campus professionals who can help coordinate resources and services for students
  • Reach out to students directly to welcome them, and to help them build supportive connections with staff and fellow students

Fostering Jayhawk Success is now a program hosted by TRIO Supportive Educational Services, and aims to encourage academic and personal success, as well as degree completion, for students who have been in foster care.

In addition to TRIO SES and STEM staff, our network includes professionals from these KU offices, as well as student representatives: