San Marcos,
09:04 AM

Sky’s the Limit for ACE Scholars: County, CSU San Marcos Extend Partnership for Foster Student Program

Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung

WHAT: The ACE Scholars Services program helps ambitious former foster youth earn a college degree at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) by providing an academic and personal support network while they are enrolled at the University. County and CSUSM officials are extending their partnership in support of the program, which guarantees foster youth admission if they are first-time freshmen and meet the minimum California State University standards.

WHO:  Supervisor Greg Cox, County Board of Supervisors

            Supervisor Ron Roberts, County Board of Supervisors

            Dr. Karen Haynes, President, California State University San Marcos

            Debra Zanders-Willis, Director, County Child Welfare Services

            ACE Scholars Services Students (Note: Spanish-speaking ACE Scholar will also be available for interview)

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 12:00 PM

WHERE: County Administration Center, Room 302—1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101

WHY: Foster youth face a number of challenges in their personal lives that often impact their education. The ACE Scholars Services program helps former foster youth overcome barriers and supports them in earning a college degree. The program has an 88 percent student retention rate, compared to the national average of 50 percent. Currently there are 57 foster youth in the ACE Scholars Services program while 27 have graduated with a bachelor’s degree since the program was launched in 2007.

CONTACT: Luis Monteagudo: (619) 962-1692