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