Our mission is to transform the lives of foster youth through higher education.
ACE Scholars Services is a comprehensive program that supports former foster youth in their efforts to obtain a college education. The primary objective of the program is to meet the unique needs of students who are former foster youth and to improve their rates of matriculation, graduation, and career success.
ACE prides itself in its high rate of student retention which exceeds the national average of 50%. Our retention strategies are effective and our rate of retention currently is 88%.
The ACE Scholars Services program supports ambitious former foster youth exiting the system or transferring from a community college. ACE provides the much needed guidance and financial assistance to ensure each student's success at Cal State University San Marcos.
ACE Scholars benefit from:
- Personal Help with College Entrance Forms such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Applications
- Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
- Faculty Mentoring
- Priority Registration
- Year Round On-Campus Housing (with a Kitchen)
- Career Development and Internship Opportunities
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Social Activities
- Personal Development Training
- Career Assistance After Graduation
The ACE Scholars Services program is not an extension of the state foster care system. ACE is designed to help the students when they need it the most which assures their academic success but also helps them make the transition from being cared for to caring for oneself.
ACE Scholar Services has an Advisory Council that has contributed to the development of outreach and retention activities for foster youth, and has offered other creative ideas for future fundraising. The council meets once per semester. This partnership between private and public agencies is designed to achieve synergy that will allow us to further support our students effectively.