Scholarship Information


Ferris State University is proud to announce the Ferris Youth Initiative (FYI). The overall goal is to increase higher education opportunities for young people who are low-income (Pell eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid- (FAFSA)) orphans or foster care youth, and to provide support that promotes success and well-being throughout their undergraduate experience at Ferris State. Recipients of the FYI scholarship will receive up to $4,000 per year, to be applied to any direct costs at Ferris State (tuition/fees, room/board, and/or books/supplies). The FYI program is limited to 20 students, so please apply early. This scholarship is available to current and new students.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:


  1. Be accepted for admission to Ferris
  2. Be 24 years old or younger by January 1 of the year they will enroll for classes
  3. Provide documentation to verify their orphan status (orphans only)
  4. Qualify for the Educational Training Voucher (ETV) or Refugee Educational Voucher (REV) (foster youth only)
  5. Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  6. Demonstrate unmet need, as determined by the FAFSA
  7. Be enrolled and attending classes on the Big Rapids campus
  8. Reside in University Housing for the first 2 years in the FYI program


  • Must attend classes on Big Rapids campus of Ferris State University
  • Reside in University Housing for the first 2 years in the FYI program
  • Participate in FYI events including individual and group activities
  • Meet regularly with assigned mentor
  • Participate in academic monitoring
  • Meet regularly with an academic advisor
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by FAFSA
  • Abide by the Code of Student Community Standards



The FYI scholarship can be renewed as long as the student files a FAFSA each year and meets FYI Program Requirements.



Financial Aid/
FYI Scholarship:

Krissy Workman 231-591-2034

Student Affairs/
Assistant Program Advisor:

Nick Campau  231-591-3613

Coordinator of Independent Living/
Ferris Youth Initiative:

Janette Ward 231-591-5962

Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion/
FYI Program Advisor             

David Pilgrim 231-591-3946