Personal care, school and other supplies sought for Seita students

Contact: Deanne Puca
Photo of Seita Scholar welcome packs.

Welcome basket donations for Seita Scholars accepted through Aug. 9

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University will welcome its sixth class of Seita Scholars this fall, and many of these students, who have aged out of the foster care system, will arrive without basic items to help make their school year successful.

The Seita Scholars program is collecting new items for welcome packs for these students and is in need of essential living and personal health care products. The goal is to have enough items for 50 baskets by Friday, Aug. 9. Former foster youth who qualify for the program, which offers a full tuition scholarship, provides campus housing during breaks and other support services, will receive these baskets when they move into the residence halls in late August.

A list of items needed, including personal care, school and residence hall supplies and financial assistance, can be found at The dropoff site for donated items is Harrison Hall in Goldsworth Valley.

Receiving dates and times for donations

  • Monday, July 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1, 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program is named for Dr. John Seita, a three-time WMU alumnus who is a nationally known advocate for foster-care youth.

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