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Important Update:

Due to continued impacts of the ice storm, UCO will be closed Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30. All classes and activities are cancelled. Offices are closed.


UCO requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a mask on campus when around others, both indoors and outdoors, and practice physical distancing of at least six feet when possible. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, has been directly exposed to COVID-19 or has tested positive, fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage. View a list of UCO's virtual services.

The Fostering Student Success initiative facilitates a full‐time case manager position on campus to support Central students, formerly in foster care, in their efforts to attain a college degree. The case manager will serve as an advocate, social and clinical resources expert, and mentor for these students.

Eckerd Connects has joined together with University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City metro schools to help our foster youth achieve academic success.

The Fostering Student Success outreach specialist is available to assist case managers, foster parents, and relatives in securing the resources their high-school foster youth need to excel academically.

This support is working to ensure that our students thrive and ultimately make successful transitions to post-secondary institutions, including both vocational and technical schools.

Services Provided

  • Quarterly education-related workshops available to foster youth ages 13+.
  • Enrollment assistance for various Vo-Tech or College programs.
  • Assistance identifying educational resources and scholarships.
  • Assistance enrolling youth in Oklahoma’s Promise (formerly OHLAP).
  • Ongoing performance assessments to ensure youth is on track for graduation.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Fostering Student Success programs, a young person must be:

  1. Between in high school grades 9-12 or a GED program
  2. Living in Oklahoma county
  3. In the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) or a federally recognized tribe

For more information or to refer a foster youth to this program, connect with Taylor McClellan at or call (405)974-2215.


Support for Foster Alumni and Independent Students

  • One on One Support
  • Group Workshops
  • Community Building
  • Resource Center
  • Student Organization
  • Develop life skills
For contact or information: Anna Doughty, MSW at or call (405)974-2215.
We are located at UCO, Thatcher Hall, 3rd floor, Room 328.