PATH Scholars—Promoting Achievement Through Hope

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    PATH Scholars supports the higher educational goals of transition age youth with a foster care and/or unaccompanied homeless backgroundTo learn more about PATH Scholars, visit: 

    Support Chico State students with a foster care background.

    It is estimated that only 10% of the annual 25,000 vulnerable youth that exit foster care enroll in college, with only 4% earning a bachelor’s degree. These students are vulnerable due to circumstances of little to no family support, a lack of healthy role models, insufficient financial means, unstable housing and academic self-perception. 

    PATH Scholar students are pursuing their post-secondary education despite the many odds stacked against them. These students continue to demonstrate their resiliency as they persevere through various amplified disruptions during their college career. PATH Scholars aims to offer support to this student population to help them navigate through financial, academic and social struggles. In addition to support, mentorship, encouragement and critical information sharing - PATH Scholars also provides students with an opportunity to connect with other students who have similar experiences which promotes a feeling of acceptance and belonging. 

    You can help PATH Scholar students thrive! 

    Arriving to college 

    • $25 Provides one student with a bike lock 
    • $75 Provides one student a “Welcome basket” 
    • $500 Provides a housing deposit for one student who is moving into their own apartment 

    Keeping students in college 

    • $25 covers the cost of one student to attend a social activity (i.e. Drive-In Movie theatre event, Virtual Cooking event) 
    • $50 Provides one student with emergency assistance for groceries  
    • $200 Provides one student with help to purchastextbooks 


    • $68 Provides one student the cost of applying for graduation 
    • $100 Provides one student with professional attire for a job or graduate school interview 

    COVID19 Pandemic related needs 

    • $25 Provides one student with a webcam 
    • $500 Provides one student with emergency funds for basic needs due to quarantine, job loss or another identified issue related to the pandemic 



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