Foster Care Alumni Support Services

R.I.S.E. Scholars Initiative

Helping students who were formerly in foster care RISE to new heights, by providing connections to services and programs that elevate and support academic and personal goals. RISE scholars are eligible enrolled students, currently in foster care and students who have aged out-out or were adopted-out of foster care. The Office of Student Advocacy assists RISE scholars in their transition into college, and support through graduation.

RISE Principles

  • Resilience (n) - Students possess the fortitude and will power to overcome and rise above adversity. 
  • Inspiration (n) - Students are inspired and motivated to find solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow. 
  • Success (n) - As critical thinkers, students are on a learning path for personal growth and academic success.
  • Empowerment (n) - Students develop as leaders and become advocates, empowered to lead and create inclusive environments that extend throughout the global community.

RISE Scholar Eligibility

  • Spent time in foster care or aged out/adopted out through the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Currently enrolled student

RISE Scholars Support Services

Our goal is to empower students currently in foster care, and youth who were adopted-out/aged-out of foster care, by providing personal assistance, and connecting students with the following support services:

For services and support, please contact the Foster Care Liaison Officer and Assistant Dean of Students Kristi Randolph Simon, SSCB 1.201,, 281-283-2451 or submit an online request.

RISE Inquiry/Request Form

Bill & Helen Crowder Foundation Endowment Scholarship

The Bill & Helen Crowder Foundation Scholarship Endowment is a one-time, $500.00 undergraduate scholarship award. The application process for general scholarships is available each year through E-Services, during the month of February. 


  • Applicant must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
  • Applicant must be previously or currently in foster care or currently homeless.
  • Scholarship award is non-renewable. Scholarship applicant must reapply.
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with this scholarship up to the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.
  • The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by a committee comprised of representatives within the Division of Student Affairs. 

Additional Support Services

External Financial Resources

Donate to the RISE Support Fund

Your gift will make an impact in the lives of UHCL students who have spent time in care.
  1. Visit Give to UHCL
  2. Select, "Top Funds"
  3. Select a Top Fund designation: "Other"
  4. Enter Amount
  5. Select "Add Gift"
  6. Enter Frequency 
  7. Select "Next"
  8. Enter Special Instructions: Foster Care Student Fund
  9. Enter donor information
  10. Select, "Confirm your gift"
We thank you for your support!

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  • Office of Student Advocacy

    Phone: 281-283-2720
    Contact OSA

    SSCB 1.201
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.