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Academic Success and Career Center Cultivating Successful Scholars and Professionals

College Success Foundation Scholars Program

Academic support for WISH Scholars

Designated support staff, including an academic advisor and a college coach, in the Academic Success and Career Center assists WISH Scholars to:

  • Receive specialized academic advising during orientation and lead them as they explore the university and surrounding community as they settle in to college
  • Enroll in College Success Leadership(UNIVERSITY 497), a three-credit course introducing skills needed to succeed in an academic environment and participate in “Critical Literacies Achievement Support Program” (CLASP) with a First Year Focus class to develop good communication skills with instructors
  • Meet with support staff including a college coach regularly to review personal goals and make progress toward them
  • Participate in study tables weekly during the first year, develop a study schedule and time management plan, build a health and wellness/nutritional plan, and attend wellbeing workshops regarding campus resources
  • Review their financial aid package, complete a semester budget, borrow textbooks from a lending program, and fill out educational training voucher payment requests and scholarship applications
  • Plan career development goals, create a resume, and attend career fairs
  • Participate in social events with fellow Passport and College Success scholars

2018-2020 Legislation Expansion

The Washington state legislature expanded eligibility of the Passport to College Scholarship program in March of 2018.  The program is expanded to include youth who have experienced homelessness and individuals who have spent a day or more in state, federal, or tribal foster care.  Students may be eligible for a supplemental scholarship and student assistance if they: 

  • are a resident student, with additional verification process by the Washington Student Achievement Council if unable to establish residency because of homelessness,
  • are enrolled at least half-time with an institution of higher education,
  • are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completion of a degree
  • have verified their unaccompanied homelessness status with the Washington Student Achievement Council on or after July 1 of the prior academic year,
  • under the age of 21; and
  • have not earned a Bachelor’s or professional degree.
Campus Partnerships: Washington Inspiring Students from Homelessness


Wish partners are comprised of academic, administrative and student affairs units at WSU including:

  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program (CLASP)
  • Cougar Health Services
  • Gender Identity Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Multicultural Student Services
  • Native American Programs
  • Student Financial Services
  • The Dean of Students
  • The Office of Admissions
  • The Office of the Provost
  • The Office of the Registrar
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • The Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Women’s Resource Center
Campus Resources
  • Campus Clothing Bank
    • Cougar Closet, a Professional Clothes Bank
  • Campus Food Pantries
    • CSP Kitchen
    • Women’s Resource Center
    • SSS/TRiO
Community Resources
  • Community Action Center
  • Emergency Housing
  • Community Food Bank
  • Energy Assistance Program
  • Rural Dynamics
  • Financial counseling and education
  • Debt management plan
For more information, contact:

Maria de Jesus Dixon
Director, College Success Program
Assistant Director, ASCC/Academic Advisor
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