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.
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 Starin 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, Thursdays 8:30-11am, 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, 11am-1pm when classes in session 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)
• 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
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.
Thank you for supporting Fostering Success and Independence!