SAN ANTONIO – Fernando Jacquez is one of the first students to graduate from Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Fostering Assistance, Transitions & Education (FATE) program, which aims to help Bexar County foster and adopted youths earn a college degree.
The program started in November 2019 and aims to increase college admission and graduation rates of foster and adopted youth. It has already helped more than 50 students in its first year.
“When we age out of foster (care), you know, we come out of foster homes, it’s like, well, you know, goodbye,” Jacquez said.
At 10 years old, Jacquez entered the foster care system.
“I prayed every single day when I was taken away from my family. It was one of -- if not, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Jacquez said.
He was eventually adopted by his grandmother and was motivated to succeed.
“First-time college graduate in my family,” Jacquez said.