Providing Support, Encouraging Excellence and Helping Students Achieve Academic Success
PAW is a program for students under the age of 28 who experienced foster care and/or out-of-home placement at any time in their youth. PAW provides access to support and resources to help students reach their academic and career goals.
PAW Support Services Include:
- Academic and Personal Counseling - Your PAW counselor will work with you to develop strategies for success and to help with any academic or personal obstacles that get in the way of your goals.
- Career Exploration - Assistance with exploring career options and finding the best fit for you
- Educational Planning - Guidance with understanding your program of study, knowing how to schedule your courses and setting up a timeline for successful completion
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Help - Assistance with completing the FAFSA, locating and applying for scholarships and other available aid, assisting with documentation and appeals when needed
- Progress Reports - a mid-term progress report with grades and instructor suggestions is collected and shared with PAW students each semester.
- Workshops - Topics include financial literacy, study skills, stress and time management and more!
How Do I Get Started at Westmoreland?
Follow our college application link for all the steps to get you on your way!
How Do I Connect with the PAW Program?
- Contact Lynna Thomas, Counselor
- 724-925-4000, ext. 3816
- Student Achievement Center, room 360-D
What Financial Support is Available for Foster Youth?
- FAFSA is the starting point to check your eligibility for grants, loans and work study opportunities. Complete the FAFSA
- Chafee Grant
- Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program
Links to Other Supports