Fostering Success Needs You
Fostering Success strives to see each UA student that does not have a natural support system persevere by helping with basic needs. Here are some of the projects we are working on and could use some additional support for:
Students who live on campus have a 50% higher 4-year graduation rate and higher GPAs
Living on campus has been shown to have a positive impact for college students. The UA offers 23 different residence halls and plenty of support in deciding which is the best choice for each student. Housing is a particularly tough barrier for Fostering Success students to overcome, as many feel they cannot or should not live on campus in an effort to save money. Many students that live on campus are in need of additional funding to help cover the cost of fees and summer and winter break housing. The cost of preventing a student from being homeless during school breaks is approximately $3,000 per year. We are looking for interested donors to help us provide this very basic need.
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one" -Mother Teresa
Not having enough food can quickly result in a student taking shifts at work that conflict with their school schedule, or not being able to concentrate in class. Fostering Success students experience food insecurity at higher rate than other populations, as the option to call home to fill in the gaps isn't usually available to them. Our Campus Pantry is available to students, however, the demand far exceeds the supply. For just $300 we can help provide one meal every day for one student for an entire month. For every $5,000 donated, we can provide 18 students with meals for an entire month!
Hygiene Empowerment Station
I Am You 360 is a local non-profit organization that helps connect youth in need of basic hygiene items to products based on gender and ethnicity. Many of our students are able to secure employment and are only in need on a very temporary basis. The cost of providing a student with hygiene items is approximately $25 per month. That means for every $100 we receive, we are able to supply FOUR students with full size hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and much more!
The estimated cost for books and supplies is approximately $800 per student each year. Many of our Fostering Success students receive scholarships and grants that go toward the cost of tuition, however, it can be an overwhelming barrier to then have to cover the cost of books and supplies needed to actually be successful in their classes. To provide 20 students with a $250 book scholarship, we are in need of a donation of $5,000.
For those students that have secured housing off campus, we are looking to help support their costs of transportation so they able to consistently attend classes and still get to their places of employment with ease. For every $5,000 donated, we can provide year round access to public transportation to 22 students, or help 16 students pay for the costs of parking on campus.