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Westfield State’s F.A.C.E.S. organization to award two $500 scholarships at April 10 event

Westfield State University’s student organization F.A.C.E.S. (Fostering A Culture of Empowerment and Success) will award two $500 scholarships to eligible students at its Foster Youth Awareness and Scholarship Award Event. The event will take place Tuesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of University Hall at Westfield State University. 

The goal of F.A.C.E.S. is to help these students break through barriers that are preventing their academic success. Additionally, F.A.C.E.S. helps to foster high school students and encourage them to think about the importance of attending college. Through collaborative efforts with students, faculty, staff, and the larger community, this organization develops support on campus that will encourage, strengthen skills, and provide the necessary support systems to enable disconnected students to succeed in their academic and personal goals at Westfield State.

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. 

 “The F.A.C.E.S scholarship is our way to celebrate and recognize their strengths, resiliency, and academic progress and achievements.” says Marjorie Rodriguez, program coordinator for the TRiO Student Support Services Program at Westfield State University. “We have selected a trusted committee that is familiar with these students’ strengths and challenges to review their eligibility and their essays to choose the best candidates.”