On May 5, Wilfrid Laurier University announced they would be launching a pilot program in Fall 2021 to reduce barriers to university education for individuals who were or currently are in the foster care system.
The Learners from Care Tuition Bursary Program, developed in consultation with the Child Welfare Political Action Committee, will ensure tuition fees are covered for up to 20 students in its first year.
“We are thrilled to be joining the growing list of universities and colleges in Canada that are making post-secondary education more accessible for current and former youth in care,” said Mary Wilson, vice-provost of teaching and learning at Laurier. “People raised in care face many barriers to education. We want to do our part to make sure they have the opportunity to come to Laurier and succeed in their studies.”
Interested students can also be matched with a staff member who will support them throughout their degree and help them access resources like educational supports, academic advising, and funding opportunities.
Open to both mature students and recent high school graduates, the program is accepting applications from current and incoming Laurier undergraduate students who were in the foster care system for at least one year. However, priority goes to first-year students pursuing their first degree.
The bursary will be renewable as long as students continue their studies at Laurier.
You can find out more about the Learners from Care Tuition Bursary, including eligibility requirements, on the bursary’s website.