Scholarship Information

Ferris Youth Initiative

The Ferris Youth Initiative program is a mentoring, financial assistance and life skills development program for students who have experienced foster care. The goal of the Ferris Youth Initiative program is to help students complete a college degree. Students who are accepted into the program may receive a $2,000 semester scholarship, be matched with a faculty and/or staff mentor and will be required to work with the Life-skills/Campus Coach.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must

  1. Be accepted for admission to Ferris
  2. Be 24 years old or younger by January 1 of the year they will enroll for classes
  3. Qualify for the Educational Training Voucher (ETV) or Refugee Educational Voucher (REV) (foster youth only)
  4. Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  5. Demonstrate unmet need, as determined by the FAFSA
  6. Be enrolled and attending classes on the Big Rapids campus
  7. Reside in University Housing for the first 2 years in the FYI program

Program Requirements

  • Must attend classes on Big Rapids campus of Ferris State University
  • Reside in University Housing for the first 2 years in the FYI program
  • Meet regularly with Life-skills/Campus Coach
  • Participate in FYI events including individual and group activities
  • Meet regularly with assigned mentor
  • Participate in academic monitoring
  • Meet regularly with an academic advisor
  • TIP eligible students must meet with TIP Coordinator
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by FAFSA
  • Abide by the Code of Student and Community Standards

Renewal Criteria

The FYI scholarship can be renewed as long as the student files a FAFSA each year and meets FYI Program Requirements.

FYI Contacts for Further Information

Position Person Phone Email

Coordinator of Independent Living/
Ferris Youth Initiative:

Janette Ward 231-591-5962

Student Affairs/
Assistant Program Advisor:

Nick Campau 231-591-3613

Financial Aid/
FYI Scholarship:

Krissy Workman 231-591-2034
Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion/
FYI Program Advisor
David Pilgrim 231-591-3946