The University of Houston has announced a $17 million gift from Houston philanthropists Andy and Andrea Diamond, which will be used to offer financial, academic, mentoring and other support for students aging out of the foster care system.
The Diamond Family Scholars program extends beyond scholarships and stipends to build a learning community for the students, focused on advising, mentoring and sharing living space in one of the University’s residence halls. It will cover room and board, as well as books and other supplies.
“We want to create hope for those aging out of foster care,” Andy Diamond said. “Their circumstances are beyond their control. Now, however, those who want to help themselves will have an opportunity to do so. Success is defined not by a gift, but rather by hard work and determination.”