The Westfield State University F.A.C.E.S Program is committed to supporting and empowering current and former foster youth, homeless youth, and youth who have experienced other forms of substitute care. F.A.C.E.S provides necessary resources to enrich the college experience of our students and eliminate barriers that may be preventing their academic success. The F.A.C.E.S program will provide supports to stabilize housing, food insecurity and other basic needs while connecting students to financial, academic, and social emotional supports.
F.A.C.E.S. aims to empower students who have experienced foster care (and other forms of substitute care) and/or homelessness. To qualify for the F.A.C.E.S. scholarship, undergraduate students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and have experienced substitute care, either have been or currently are homeless, and/or claim independence on their financial aid forms. The F.A.C.E.S. Scholarship Fund was created through fundraising events and private donations to alleviate some of the financial needs presented by this population during their academic journey at Westfield State University.
Each year, two $500 scholarships are awarded to eligible students at its Foster Youth Awareness and Scholarship Award Event.