Memorial University is preparing to offer a new program to support
Newfoundland and Labrador students who have been in foster care.
The Memorial University Youth Foster Support Program will provide
financial support, including full-time undergraduate tuition and other
required institutional fees, for a maximum of four years and up to eight
“Post-secondary education should be accessible to all youth, despite
the circumstances, so I’m thrilled we’re able to help out these
deserving individuals,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, president and
vice-chancellor, Memorial University. “Creating a supportive environment
for all of our students is a key priority for Memorial.”
Spring semester start
President Timmons says that she applauds Mount Saint Vincent University’s leadership on this initiative in the Atlantic region and that Memorial University is pleased to follow suit.
Initially launching as a pilot for the spring 2021 semester, the
program will be offered to 20 students, including current students.
Eligible students would have been in foster care for a minimum of one year and academically eligible to attend university.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee to identify
those selected for the bursary. The support does not include
accommodation and living costs.
Work is underway to collaborate with key partners, both internal and external, to ensure success of the program.
“Memorial recognizes that a collaborative approach will be required
to maximize program success,” said Tom Nault, university registrar. “We
are keen to put the appropriate resources in place to provide accessible
opportunities for these students.”
As this is the early stages of a new initiative to help youth in care
in Newfoundland and Labrador, information will be announced as it
becomes available. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of the Registrar.