The Blavin Scholars Programs at the University of Michigan and Northern Arizona University were created to support youth aging out of foster care in their dreams to achieve a post-secondary education and a better life. The scholarship offers assistance to students who may not have the financial resources to reach their dreams, but who have the drive and ambition to do so, regardless of the hurdles they face.
However, the Blavin Scholars program is not just a scholarship program. The initiative includes a network of additional support resources for students, including housing, room supplies, academic guidance, and mentorship. Assisting these students in various ways is critical to help ensure their success.
Established in 2006 at U-M and 2010 at NAU by Paul and Amy Blavin, these two programs are endowed to currently support 47 students annually. The Blavins’ goal is to eventually support 100 Blavin Scholars on an annual basis.
“We want to make sure that all Blavin scholars know that we have their back, and we are going to do what it takes to help them succeed,” Paul Blavin says.