Fostering Success

Helping former foster YOU(th) move forward.
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Investing in Our Students Futures

The Fostering Success program at UW Stout provides services specifically designed to aid former foster youth in transitioning to and through college. Students eligible for Fostering Success have experienced one of the following: 

  • Foster home 
  • Residential care center 
  • Group home
  • Court-ordered placement with a relative 
  • Adoption 
  • Orphan/ward of the court 
  • Homelessness
  • Guardianship
  • Other out-of-home care, not specified above
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Apply for Fostering Success

Current and admitted UW-Stout students can apply for Fostering Success
Click here to apply

Students Attending UW Stout

The Fostering Success program provides intentional support and community, as well as information about resources and available grants and scholarships.  Fostering Success also helps connect its students to numerous leadership and involvement opportunities available on and off campus, other students, organizations, or other opportunities so that our students can make the most of their college experience.

Services and other opportunities our program provide include:

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Welcome Baskets for New Students with College Essentials
  • Emergency Fund Assistance and Scholarships
  • Fostering Success Family Dinners Twice a Month
  • Assistance in Applying for State of Wisconsin Benefits Programs

Connecting Youth to Campus

Fostering Success offers a summer on-campus experience for high school age foster youth who are interested in higher education.  Topics explored during this experience include:

  • Financing College
  • Admission Processes
  • Workforce Resources
  • Major and Career Exploration

Collaboration with TRIO Student Support Services

Students in the Fostering Success are eligible for TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) 

TRIO SSS Offers:

  • A dedicated TRIO SSS Advisor to assist with your Individual Student Success Plan (ISSP) goals in the areas of academic, financial, career and personal 
  • Assistance with FAFSA and Scholarship Applications 
  • Writing and Math Specialists 
  • Peer Tutoring 
  • Peer Coaching 
  • Personal, Intercultural and Leadership Development Opportunities 
  • Graduate School Preparation 
  • Tuition waived TRIO SSS 1-credit courses: Strategies for Academic Success and Strategies for Successful Career Development 
  • TRIO SSS Workshops, Events and Activities



Fostering Success Campus & Community Resources

Academic Support

Campus resources include:

TRIO Student Support Services offers supplemental peer tutoring support for a variety of courses ranging from Engineering and Computer Science to English and Speech writing.  They also employee Master level specialists to oversee their peer tutoring staff and assist students as well.

Other campus resources include:

BFA Interior Design | 220B Applied Arts Building

Biology and Chemistry | 336 Jarvis Hall

Computer Science (Applied Mathematics & Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity programs) | 235 Jarvis Hall

Computer Science (Game Design and Development) | 316 Jarvis Hall

Economics Tutoring | 444A Harvey Hall

Math TLC Lab (Students enrolled in Math 80 or 90) | 202E Jarvis Hall

Math Lab | 236 Jarvis Hall

Physics | 124 Jarvis Hall

Spanish | 75 Harvey Hall

The Writing Center | 174 Harvey Hall

Students also have access to the online tutoring service Brainfuse, where they can get tutoring in a variety of subjects.

Advising Support

When accepted into TRIO Student Support Services, students are assigned a TRIO advisor who works like a navigator through college. Advisors help support the students in their pursuit of academic, financial, career and personal goals.

Other campus resources include:

Advisement Center (First Year and Undeclared Students) | 11 Bowman Hall

The advisement center is a campus resource for students in the areas of academic advising, career exploration, and student development. Students are split into their major fields to best help the student navigate through college.  You can find a list of current staff here.

Faculty Advisors 

Students are assigned a faculty advisor beginning their second year of college (unless they are a transfer student who is undeclared). Students can check who their advisor is using EAB Navigate.

Mentor Link

Mentor link is a program where students can connect with volunteer upper-class peers for guidance, study tips, and guidance on how to get involved on campus.  


The Child and Family Study Center is a university ran education laboratory school.  The program commits itself to creating links between educational theory and hands-on practice. Stout students from undergraduate and graduate courses can observe, participate, develop research, and execute lessons under the guidance of experienced and highly qualified educators. You can find more information and their program application form on their website along with their tuition rates.

The center operates in accordance with the University Calendar. For participant’s convenience, The center also provides a Center Calendar for parents and families.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Disability Services | 120 University Library

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office | 217 Bowman Hall

Multicultural Student Services | 132 Price Commons

The QUBE | 121 Price Commons

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The Fostering Success program employees a team of peer mentors and a graduate assistant over the course of the academic year.  It also provides summer camp advisor jobs for its summer camps.

Handshake | UW Stout uses Handshake for on campus employment, finding internships, or connecting students to potential future employers.

Job Center of Wisconsin

Menomonie DVR


Fostering Success Supply Closet| 306A Bowman Hall

Program Students can Access Supply Closet Order Form and Schedule via the Fostering Success Canvas Course

Helping Hands Food+ Pantry | 9A Administration Building

Stepping Stones

Health and Wellness

Involvement Center | 106 Memorial Student Center

Study Abroad | 70 Harvey Hall

UW Stout Student Association

Post Undergraduate Career Support

McNair Scholars | 206 Bowman

The McNair Scholars program provides support and resources for eligible undergraduate students interested in obtaining a graduate degree.  McNair Scholars participate in a variety of scholarly activities designed to prepare them for graduate study. To check eligibility and apply to the program, visit HERE

Student Support Services | 310 Bowman Hall

Career Services | 103 Administration Building