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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

The Program Manager is Lorrie Bortuzzo. Lorrie is working remotely and can be reached by email, phone, or Zoom

Phone: (360) 650-4133

Email: bortuzl@wwu.edu

Office hours for Spring 2021 are Tuesdays from 9am-1pm PST and Wednesdays from 1-5pm PST. Schedule an office hours Zoom meeting here.