More than 23,000 children across the United States age out of the foster system annually—often severing their support network and leaving them to fend for themselves while peers head to college. Less than 3% of former foster youth will earn a college degree in their lifetime.
With the Chico State PATH Scholars program, participants, each with their own journey and obstacles, beat the odds every year. About nine in 10 students who participate in the PATH Scholars program earn their degree—a stunning 30 times greater than the national demographic. And though graduation is the ultimate goal; all PATH Scholars are able to advance their educational dreams, guided and supported by a program that truly feels like family.
Read more about the PATH Scholars program and its students.
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Our Regional Rumble goal is to support as many PATH Scholars as possible in the coming year!
- $25 covers the cost of one student to attend a PATH Scholars social activity to build their support system
- $50 Provides one student with emergency food assistance
- $75 Provides one student a “welcome basket” with basic household needs
- $200 Provides one student with funds to help to purchase textbooks
- $500 Provides a housing deposit or emergency funds
Help Former Foster Youth Beat the Odds
This is the first-ever Chico State Regional Rumble, a crowdfunding event for Colorado and Sothern California alumni regions to show their Chico State pride and impact the lives of Chico State students by supporting PATH Scholars.
Designed to serve the specialized needs of students who identify as current and former foster youth or unaccompanied homeless as minors, the PATH (Providing Achievement Through Hope) Scholars program was one of the first of its kind in the California State University and serves more than 60 students annually. It provides personalized financial aid support, counseling, advising, and tutoring, and connects students with resources on campus and in the community.
Your support today will help these Chico State students truly beat the odds. Nationally, less than 3% of foster youth earn a college degree, but 90% of PATH Scholars reach that dream. You can help them overcome obstacles, achieve success and have a true sense of place on campus.
Why are donations necessary?
PATH Scholars operates on a very limited state budget, so fundraising is critical to meet students’ ever-changing needs.
Our students lack a basic “safety net” that other students typically have. PATH Scholars steps in and supports these students and even provides emergency funds to cover unexpected expenses that regularly arise as a college student.
The emotional, social and physical support provided by PATH Scholars helps these students know that they are cared for, valued, and a part of our Wildcat family. Sal, a PATH Scholar welcome package recipient, explains that receiving that package “was the first time when I saw that people cared about me being in college.”