Welcome to the Western Success Scholars program!

Western Success Scholars (WSS) is a campus-based supportive program designed to assist all incoming WWU first year, transfer and continuing students who have experienced foster care or homelessness.   The Program fosters academic success and a sense of community and belonging by providing a place where students can have a voice, support services and resources as they persist towards graduation.

We offer a welcoming community focused on building a safe and caring space with peers who have similar life experiences.

This is an inclusive program where all former foster youth, unaccompanied homeless youth, and students who have experienced homelessness are invited to participate and enjoy a community of support.

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“I think coming to Western has been the first time I've really felt such systemic support and it's been fantastic to find that there are people here who are willing to offer me a safety net while I sew my parachute in free-fall.”
~ a Western Success Scholar

Stay Connected


Melissa Fike is the Program Coordinator/Passport Coach. Melissa can be reached by email at fikem2@wwu.edu, phone at 360-650-2877 or you may schedule an in person or remote appointment.

Jon Stubblefield is the Program Manager. Jon can be reached by email at stubblj@wwu.edu, phone at 360-650-3705, or you may schedule an in person or remote appointment.

Support Western Success Scholars

Western Success Scholars appreciates all donations to fund services to support former foster youth and homeless youth.