Offering dedicated opportunities throughout the academic year for cultural and learning experiences. ASCEND Scholars are expected to actively participate in ASCEND and remain committed to actively participate for this academic year.
This program is the namesake of our ASCEND CARE Impact Model. For more information about our model, click here.
Who is eligible?
Participants must be Kennesaw State University students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Verified as an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth status based upon the McKinney-Vento Act provided by their High School Homeless Liaison
- Eligible for an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program funded by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Independent Living Program (ILP) of the Georgia Foster Care Unit.
- Eligibility otherwise determined by CARE Case Manager or Program Coordinator
Eligible participants admitted to ASCEND commit to:
- Regularly attend meetings with KSU CARES staff
- Attend ASCEND-sponsored events
- Participate in academic and professional development programming
- Summer Bridge: Students arrive a week early to campus for Fall Semester. Move onto campus to explore campus, interact with current CARE students, meet committed and supportive faculty, staff, and community members and begin a successful transition into college life. Attendees must apply to be apart of this service.
ASCEND Living-Learning Community (LLC): Within the Program is an option to reside in the ASCEND LLC. Depending on room availability, and if the eligibility requirements below are met, these students live together as a community so they can build stronger, hopefully life-long, relationships with students with similar life experiences. Housing is available on a yearly lease August-July. Students must apply for the ASCEND LLC.
Academic and Professional Development Workshop Series: Providing students with strategies on improving their study and time management skills, economic mobility, and engagement with the KSU campus and peers. Workshops are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Cultural and Education Abroad Enrichment Activities: Providing exposure to new cultural experiences is key to a broaden students’ world-view. Activities may include attending plays, concerts, and visiting museums. As available, stipends will be awarded to students to support their Education Aboard travels.
Near Peer Mentoring: Over the first year, CARE’s current students or recent graduates will be available to offer firsthand insight and advice to newly enrolled ASCEND scholars.
Case Management: Together, the student and case manager will develop an individualized plan intended to empower the student to work towards their daily living needs. The case manager may provide students with resources, referrals, and additional life skills to enable the student’s self-sufficiency.
Next Steps after Acceptance into KSU
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