About Us

Mission statement:

The FYRE Scholars program at the University of California, Irvine strives to provide support to current and former foster youth attending UCI. This program aims to create a network that enhances the academic success and personal well-being of former foster youth attending UCI. We guarantee a welcoming community for individuals who have faced similar experiences. We promote transitional and educational opportunities in support of student learning and success. Thus, assisting FYRE scholars in gaining the necessary skills to become self-supporting, successful individuals who go on to transform their college experience into meaningful careers and lives.


To enable academic success for current and former foster youth in higher education.

Program Goals:

  • To give personalized assistance with educational goals and practical day-to-day needs to ensure that scholars take full advantage of the university, inside and outside the classroom
  • To encourage academic excellence and connect newfound knowledge to current experiences and future career goals
  • To provide a genuine support system of peers to FYRE scholars during their time as an undergraduate student at UCI
  • To empower self-sufficiency by sharing opportunities and resources that are present both on-campus and within the greater Orange County community


The FYRE Scholars program accepts applications year-round. If you have ever been part of the foster care system then you are welcome to fill in the interest form to get involved.


Have been in foster care for ONE DAY. Submit the required documentation that verifies your status as current or former foster youth/ward of the court.

Outreach & Recruitment:

Students for the FYRE Scholars program will be identified through information provided by the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid. Through these offices, students who have applied and are admitted into UCI self-identified themselves on their applications as former foster youth. Both offices are utilized to cross-reference students to confirm their former foster youth status.

Once all students are identified as former foster youth, they are contacted by Student Success Initiatives via email and are encouraged to register their former foster youth status with the office. Registering with the office requires proof of former foster youth status and students who need guidance in acquiring such documents can be given more information through SSI.

As of the 2016-2017 academic school year, 65 former foster youth students registered with SSI.

FYRE Pamphlet

FYRE Scholars Pamphlet (Page 1)

FYRE Scholars Pamphlet (Page 2)