The Higher Education/Independent Living Initiative is essential to making it possible for children to live with self-respect, responsibility and productivity. Recent research shows that less than two percent of foster children graduate from college. Over the past five years, Epworth students have graduated from Columbia College, the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg Methodist College, Winthrop and Benedict Colleges with bachelor and master degrees.
Graduating High School seniors are encouraged to continue their education by attending college or pursuing job skills training. Beginning in their junior year of high school, students visit colleges and receive guidance as they prepare for their life after high school. Seniors meet with the Higher Education director often to complete applications for college admission, scholarships and financial aid.
While in college, students may apply for scholarship funds from Epworth Children’s Home to attend a SC public or United Methodist College. Epworth maintains an apartment on campus for students who do not have family to visit over the holidays or school breaks. Students attending technical school may live on campus year round. Epworth also provides assistance with supplies, items needed for their dorm room, a small allowance and books.
Students are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA and employment in order to participate in the program. Students still receive birthday gifts and Christmas presents from their Epworth family, and continue to call Epworth “home”.
For more information, please contact Laurie Brandes, 803-256-7394.