BGSU receives grant to help students from foster care realize higher education dreams

University to receive $20,263, representing an equal share for all colleges earning grant


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bowling Green State University is one of three state universities to be awarded grant funding designed to help students from the foster care system pursue their dreams of higher education.

The Short-Term Certificate Foster Youth Grant equally divides a statewide total of $385,000 among three universities and 16 community colleges in Ohio in short-term certificate funding to help students from foster care earn credentials and certificates that will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

"My vision for all young Ohioans is the same as I have for my own children and grandchildren – that they have the opportunity to live up to their potential and achieve their dreams," Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said. "This grant will help foster youth have the opportunity to earn the certificates and credentials required by many in-demand jobs. I thank Chancellor (Randy) Gardner for making this funding available and for his assistance in helping students reach their goals."

BGSU will receive $20,263. In addition to helping students obtain the credentials needed for jobs, this investment also supports partnerships between regional businesses and BGSU to further regional career pathways.

"Supporting foster youth and families is a priority of Governor DeWine’s administration, and I’m pleased that we are able to provide some additional support to help our higher education partners assist students who have been in foster care programs," said Gardner, Ohio Department of Higher Education chancellor. "These grants can make a difference in the lives of students who deserve our best efforts."

"As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University is committed to affording all Ohioans access to higher education," BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers said. "The Foster Youth Grant will help ensure our students can achieve their dreams through a BGSU education. We are positioned to champion Governor DeWine and Chancellor Gardner's investment in our state’s future."

Updated: 07/10/2019 11:09AM