College of Letters & Sciences
Fostering Success and Independence - Helping Hands from Move In to Graduation

Contact Information

Current Students:

Sarah Hessenauer
Sarah Hessenauer

Phone: 262-472-1203
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201/Community Engagement Center Room 160
Lori Trimble
Lori Trimble

Phone: 262-472-5219
Location: Andersen 2255

Prospective Students:

JoRae Schultz
JoRea Schultz
Phone: 262-472-2134
Location: Roseman Building Roon 2073

For general Information/inquiries, use UWW Fostering Success and Independence email:

Fostering Success and Independence


Fostering Success and Independence (FSI) is an active partner in creating a supportive college experience where students, regardless of family support, have an equal opportunity to obtain their degree. Through partnership with campus resources we promote independence and academic success.

Who We Serve

FSI serves UW-Whitewater students without traditional familial support, including students who have been in foster care, have experienced homelessness, have deceased, deployed, incarcerated, deported, institutionalized, or otherwise unavailable family structures.


Textbook rentals for no fee (already included in tuition)
• Access to six computer labs with free black & white printing, (350+ computers), open year round
• Overnight and weekend technology rentals (includes laptops, cameras, iPads, calculators, headphones, video game consoles/video games, DVDs, and more), no fee
Tech Support, no fee
Tutoring services, no fee

• Students living in Pulliam Hall or Cambridge Apartments have access to building during Winter Break; Summer housing available in Starin Hall
• Winter Break housing is available in Wells Halls for $550. Funding may be available, email Sarah Hessenauer
• University Housing is open during breaks (ie: Thanksgiving, Spring Break, etc.)

• Pell Grants up to $5,900/year, must file for FAFSA
• State Grants up to $2,700/year, must file for FAFSA
• Eligible for Independent Student Status on FAFSA, which results in a low Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
• Emergency Aid available up to $1,000 through the Warhawk Emergency Fund
• Admission Application fee waiver
• Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) fee deferment
• Housing deposit fee deferment
• If you are a student aging out of foster care, you are also eligible for the Department of Children and Families Scholarship, $5,000/year. More information: (608) 267-7287
• If you are a DACA student, there are DREAM Scholarships ($200-$1000) available for current students

• Main Campus Warhawk Pantry, Drumlin Dining Hall, first floor, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-5pm (fall & spring), Thursdays 2-5pm (summer), little free pantry in the entryway open 24/7
• Rock Campus Food Pantry, lower level of Hyatt Smith Hall, open 24/7
The Community Space at 834 E. Milwaukee in Whitewater, includes a food pantry and is open Tuesdays 8:30-11am, Wednesdays 3:30-7pm,  and Saturdays 8:30am-2pm. There are no income or residency requirements. The Little Free Pantry in their vestibule is open 24/7.
Little Free Pantry at 1143 W. Walworth Ave. & 834 E. Milwaukee St. Whitewater, open 24/7
Little Free Pantry in Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center St., open during the library's open hours
Free Lunch Tuesdays,  at First United Methodist Church at 145 S. Prairie St. Whitewater, please contact the church office at 262-473-2131 for more information

• Free Dinner Mondays, 5-6:30pm, at St. Luke's Lutheran Episcopal Church at 146 S. Church St. Whitewater (during school year)

  • Free Dinner Tuesdays, 5-7:15pm, at First United Methodist Church at 145 S. Prairie St. Whitewater

• Short-term car rental through Enterprise
• Bus services (schedule varies, call 262-472-1011)
• Free bike rentals at Info Desk in University Center
• Free shuttle from Whitewater to Rock County campus

The Community Space at is a gathering place at 834 E. Milwaukee in Whitewater, where people can share food, clothing, housewares, furniture for FREE. All are welcome. There are no income or residency requirements.  Open Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-11am, Wednesday 3:30-7pm, and Saturday 8:30am-2pm. 
Thrift Shoppe at 123 S. Church St., Whitewater, 262-473-3138, hours vary
Warhawk Success Closet is a university initiative to provide students access to free professional and business appropriate attire. Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm, UC 146, 262-472-1471

• Full access health and free counseling services offered through University Health and Counseling Services, Ambrose Health Center (on-campus in Whitewater)
• Winther Counseling Lab, on campus in Winther Hall 3004, open to public, confidential, no cost, appts: (262) 472-2842, Mon.-Thurs., 9am-8pm. (on-campus in Whitewater)
• Eligible for state health insurance through Affordable Care Act
• Medicaid for foster students until age 26

Handshake is UW-Whitewater's NEW online job board for on-campus and off-campus student jobs
• Part-time (5-10 hours/wk) throughout the semester
• On-campus jobs with Work Study
• Summer employment through University Housing, (may provide summer housing at a low cost), Admissions, First Year Experience, and other on-campus offices

• New students can move in 3 days early and participate in ULEAD, a leadership training program, open to new freshman, $100, Funding may be available.
• Students can select from over 200 student orgs to get involved with on campus! 

• On-campus child care services offered at the Children’s Center, fees apply, reduced rates for UWW students

Support Fostering Success and Independence

Financial contributions can be made via the UWW Foundation. Please select "other" from the dropdown menu under designation and type in "Fostering Success" in the space that opens. 

If you would like to make in kind donations of items for welcome, finals week, or holiday gifts or if you would like to be added to a list of supporters we reach out to with specific requests from students, please email Lori Trimble

Suggested ways to support FSI: 

Fostering Success and Independence, c/o Lori Trimble, 2255 Andersen, 800 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190

Thank you for supporting Fostering Success and Independence!