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Susan Goto and Carol Sue Acres, representing the Alpha Delta Kappa Beta ETA Chapter in Roseville, stopped by the Sierra College Foundation Office on the Rocklin Campus to present a check to fund the purchase of one hundred 3-inch binders for Guardian Scholars (former foster youth) attending Sierra this fall 2015.

Susan is a current Foundation Board member and a member of this sorority for the past 36 years.  Carol Sue is the Altruistic Chair and a member for 13 years.  Both are retired educators and longtime supporters of the community and Sierra College.

In addition to their financial support they also surprised the Foundation with a trunk full of non-perishable food items to restock the Sierra College food closet.  These donations will go a long way to help not only our Guardian Scholars but all students who need a quick meal in times of financial need. 

Sierra College has been building community awareness and support for former foster youth over the last seven years.  Sierra assists about 150 former foster youth each year to achieve their academic goals. “We collect school supplies and other personal necessities each year to provide our new and returning students a head start on their education.” Said financial aid program manager, and Guardian Scholars advocate, Dr. Linda Williams.

Every year in California, an estimated 4,000 foster youth transition from dependents of the foster care system into emancipated adulthood at age eighteen. Less than 3% of this population will attend college. The California Community College system serves approximately 9,000 former and current foster youth and Sierra College will serve around 150 of these students.  These students face an extraordinary challenge to not only pay for their basic needs, but to also pay for college tuition, books, parking permit, and school supplies, which totals about $2,000 per year. This does not include the additional $3,350 it costs per semester to live on campus in the dorms.

If you would like to offer your support to this program or learn more contact the Sierra College Foundation at 916-660-7020.

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