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Helping Former Foster Kids Pursue Higher Education

Nicole Zeien-Cox
Guardian Scholars Foundation board member Nicole Zeien-Cox in the Cedar Falls Studio

Navigating life after high school is challenging for many students. But this transitional period can be difficult for young people in the foster care system. The Guardian Scholars Foundation is designed to help students who are aging out of foster care in Iowa and hope to attend college full-time. It offers a scholarship and mentorship program to help them reach their potential. 

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, Host Charity Nebbe sits down with executive director of The Guardian Scholars Foundation, Tom Wolff, junior at Simpon College, Alexander Gray, and board member, Nicole Zeien-Cox, to discuss how the program works.

Alexander Gray and Nicole Zeien-Cox are both recipients of scholarships from the foundation and have benefitted from the program financially and through mentorship opportunities. 

Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa