TWU launches summer bridge program for foster-care alumni

Feb. 14, 2024— DENTON — With a history of serving former foster-care students through its Frontiers program, Texas Woman’s announces a new tool that will help them prepare for college-level coursework.

TWU's new FAST Academy is a three-week, summer residential bridge program that is specifically designed to help foster-care alumni succeed and thrive. The immersive experience, taught by TWU award-winning faculty, provides up to six (6) hours of credit for students who complete both the math and English components. 

Additionally, the program is completely free for qualifying students, including all books, course materials and room and board.

“The great part about this program is that it is open to all students with lived experience of foster care,” said Amy O’Keefe, executive director of CARE. “They can attend TWU or another university. Our goal is to make sure that no matter where they go, they can succeed.”

According to Texas 2036, a nonprofit organization, in 2020, three out of every 1,000 kids in the United States were living in foster care, and of the approximately 214,000 children in foster care, 7% live in Texas.

Students selected to participate in the first FAST Academy will move into TWU residence halls on June 2 and will move out June 22. The application deadline for the summer 2024 academy is March 18. Check out our website for additional details and links to apply



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