Fostering Laker Success
Welcome to Fostering Laker Success
Fostering Laker Success is a GVSU’s campus-based program that works with youth who have experienced foster care and other out of home placements.
Our Mission is student success! Program participants will have access to key resources that can help students succeed in their personal, academic, and professional lives. Participants will also gain a community of supportive staff and mentors to assist you in reaching your goals.
- Participant has been in an eligible foster care or non-secure delinquency placement supervised by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) at age 14 or older.
- Participant is younger than 23.
- Participant has experienced out-of-home placement/homeless youth.
Fostering Laker Success Program Information
A GRANT FUNDED INITIATIVE!
Fostering Laker Success was launched in 2017, as a result of a grant provided by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In May of 2022 Fostering Laker Success was awarded another MDHHS grant for the continued support of foster care youth on GVSU campus.
Learn about the statewide effort to improve graduation rates for youth who have experienced foster care by visiting Fostering Success Michigan's website.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunities FLS has given me. Talking about life skills and getting hands-on experience on how it will look in the real world has prepared me on how to carry myself in trials and tribulations. Being able to talk about how I want my future to be and the tasks that I have to complete to get there has been very helpful too. I appreciate this program so much, and I am happy that I am able to be a part of it.”
John Shinsky has served as an educator for 40 years; he came to Grand Valley as an associate professor of education in 2001. He served as a special education teacher, director of Special Education, and area administrator for Lansing Public Schools. Shinsky has received many awards for his educational contributions, including Grand Valley’s University Community Service Award and its Glen A. Niemeyer Academic Award. Shinsky has also received the Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian Award, Dick Letts Community Service Award and the Paul Harris Fellow for International Service from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
As a former orphan, Shinsky has committed his life to serving the needs of abandoned children. He and his wife were so kind to establish an endowment fund to support foster care youth attending Grand Valley.
Support Our New Scholarship
Fostering Laker Success is participating in Giving Tuesday! Our goal is to fully support 10 students. We invite you to support our program on our giving website.
- $1,500 - $3,500 - Closes tuition gap for one student
- $1,500 - $3,500 - Pays for summer housing for one student
- $150 - $300 - Covers the cost of 1 textbook
Fostering Laker Success Fund
The Fostering Laker Success Fund allows us to provide assistance with:
- Rent Assistance
- Automobile repair
- Health Care Cost
- Personal Care Items
- Graduation Cap and Gowns
Please consider supporting our program through making a tax deductible donation online Fostering Laker Success Fund. If you are interested in planned giving, please contact University Development (616) 331-6000 or use the donation box below.