Scholarship Information

Ferris Youth Initiative

The Ferris Youth Initiative program is a mentoring, financial assistance and life skills development program for students who are alumni of foster care. The goal of the Ferris Youth Initiative program is to help students complete a college degree. Students who are accepted into the program may receive up to a $2,000 per semester scholarship, be matched with a faculty and/or staff mentor and will be required to work with the Life-skills/Campus Coach.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must

  1. Be accepted for admission to Ferris State University
  2. Be enrolled as a full-time student and attending classes on the Big Rapids campus
  3. Be under 24 years of age by January 1 of the year they will enroll for classes
  4. Qualify for the Chaffee/Youth in Transition (YIT) or Refugee Educational Voucher (REV)
  5. Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  6. Demonstrate unmet need, as determined by the FAFSA
  7. Successfully complete a background check/review to verify my eligibility for the scholarship and suitability for the scholars program

Program Requirements

  • Must attend classes on Big Rapids campus of Ferris State University
  • Meet regularly with Coordinator of Independent Living Skills/Campus Coach.
  • Participate in FYI events including individual and group activities
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by FASAP
  • Abide by the Code of Student and Community Standards
  • Meet regularly with assigned mentor
  • Participate in academic monitoring
  • FYI Students are required to comply with the University’s housing requirements.
  • The Independent Living Life Skills Coach is available to work individually with students to find safe, clean, and affordable housing should a student decide to not live on campus.

Renewal Criteria

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

FYI Contacts for Further Information

Position Person Phone Email

Coordinator of Independent Living/
Ferris Youth Initiative:

Janette Ward 231-591-5962

Student Affairs/
Assistant Program Advisor:

Nick Campau 231-591-3613

Financial Aid/
FYI Scholarship:

Krissy Workman 231-591-2034
Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion/
FYI Program Advisor
David Pilgrim 231-591-3946