When foster care kids grow too old for the system, they’re pretty much on their own. They’re often unprepared for the basics of life such as finding a job, paying rent or buying insurance. Succeeding in college is a much higher bar. Many states have special programs to support foster care kids who want to go to college. Tuesday, we kick off a Southern Education Desk series “From Foster Care to College: Extra Help for Extra Hurdles.” Reporter Christine Jessel in Knoxville, Tennessee, introduces us to a young woman who received a state scholarship to attend college last fall.
~June 18, 2013