Educational Success

College Student Support

Those in foster care with lived experience should be able to explore and meet their educational goals after high school. Foster Success provides the assistance and support to help you achieve your dreams.

Our coordinators are available to assist students how to navigate their higher education experience through monthly one-on-one meetings. They have access to key contacts on campus and can support students’ work through financial aid issues and are able to provide guidance when making academic decisions such as when to drop a class or remain. They also help administer Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds.

Our Education Coordinators are divided by region and can be contacted by clicking on their names below:

Foster Success | Leona Gray

Ali Szymanski

Assistant Director of Postsecondary Education


Foster Success | Lesley Jones Sessler

Lesley Jones Sessler

North Region Education Coordinator


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Sarah Arenas

South Region Education Coordinator


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“Meeting with my Education Coordinator helped me realize that there is someone out there who cares about me and how I do in school. Meeting with my coordinator helped me strive for the best grades I can get because I knew I would be praised during our meetings.”

– Amber Z.

All Educational Success Programs

Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Indiana

The ETV program helps teens and young adults go to college or complete a training program. 

Dorm Funding

Students in a university or college and currently in Collaborative Care (CC) are eligible for housing per diem.

College Student Support

Foster Success provides assistance and support to help college students reach their goals.

Catalyst Summer Bridge

The Catalyst Summer Bridge Program is a six-week experience for those who have experienced foster care to explore college life and earn college credit!

Coffee & Connection

At Foster Success, we're constantly exploring fresh avenues to support our young people in their career and education journeys. We are excited to announce our upcoming in-person education events throughout the state!


Pathways will guide high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in exploring their options post high school. Read more...

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