Academy Requirements


For consideration, the following criteria must be met. The recommended student must be:

  • Currently in foster care in the state of West Virginia.
  • Currently enrolled in the 8th – 12th grade.
  • Able and willing to participate in the two-week residential component at the university and attend monthly Saturday sessions.
  • Maintaining at least a 2.3 GPA and 90% attendance in current and previous school year* (*some exceptions for extenuating circumstances).
  • Demonstrating maturity and potential to thrive in a college-prep setting.

Process for Submitting Application

  • Verify that all criteria are fulfilled by the candidate.
  • The candidate/student must complete the Scholar Interest Form.
  • Complete the Adult Recommendation Form.
  • Obtain student’s most recent transcript, attendance record and discipline log from current school.
  • Submit the entire application packet electronically to Valerie Nichols at with the subject line: “FS Scholar Application – Scholar’s Last Name.” Be sure to include the scholar interest form, adult recommendation form, school records). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Selection Process

Acceptance will be on a rolling basis, so once a scholar’s application has been received and accepted, the new scholar will be immediately invited to begin participating in the Academy.


Email Valerie Nichols at