A Circle of Support for Students

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What is the Blavin Scholars Program?

The Blavin Scholars Program offers a community of support (including mentors and coaches) for undergraduate U-M students who have experienced foster care, kinship care and/or are navigating their educational journey without the support of their parents or guardians.

How do I apply?

If you experienced time in foster care, or have experienced a compromised family support system, visit our Apply page.

How does the Blavin Scholars Program help students?

We’re here to support you from admission through graduation, and we can help you discover opportunities for your future. The Blavin Scholars program will provide you with:

  • A mentor who will support you with on-campus information
  • A campus coach who will provide one-on-one support
  • 24/7 support from on-call staff
  • Access to campus departments and resources
  • A community and opportunities to bond
  • Options for year-round housing (includes holidays and breaks)
  • Financial aid assistance and resources
  • The chance to get a Blavin scholarship (up to $5,000 given to active participants per academic year)

Does it really help?

The Blavin Scholars program has graduated 91 scholars, provided community support for over 100 scholars, and has over a 95% retention and graduation rate. Additionally, in 2021:

  • 97%- of Scholars felt their coaching experience was worthwhile.
  • 100% - of scholars felt that their coaches were sensitive to issues regarding ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and religion
  • 94% - of Scholars feel confident participating in U-M academic curriculum

Learn More

Contact our staff with any questions. We’re here for you every step of the way.

Want to help get the word out?

We would be happy to present to your group. Email Romonia at [email protected] for more information.

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"The Blavin Scholars program offered an enormous amount of resources. The program covered a lot of areas where I needed support such as mentorship, financial resources, learning how to navigate Michigan, and having strong guidance." — Blavin Scholar

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