The Dru Powers MSW Child Welfare Scholarship is being established to honor: 1) Dru's contributions to foster children and foster families in Eastern Washington and her ongoing work to improve the foster care system in Washington State, and 2) her steadfast belief in the transformative power of education.
We welcome your participation in this opportunity to be part of the legacy of Dru Powers and other Child Welfare professionals. Gifts of ANY size are appreciated and will be deposited into a fund managed by the EWU Foundation with the purpose of creating an endowed scholarship in Dru's name to support MSW students specializing in Child Welfare. After the endowment level is reached annual scholarships will be awarded.
About Dru Powers
Dru Powers first became a foster parent in the late 1970's when her daughter Diane brought home a high school friend who was threatening to run away from home to escape the intolerable conditions in her family home. This act of kindness was the beginning of a 30 year commitment to child welfare and foster families. When her youngest child and first two foster children moved out of the home in the early 1980's, Dru became a volunteer guardian ad litem in juvenile court. Over the next 8 years, she met with children who were dependents of the court, their caregivers, therapists and school counselors to determine her recommendation to Juvenile Court as to what was in the child's best interest. Growing in her commitment to helping children in need, Dru responded to an advertisement for volunteer big sisters for youth living at Excelsior Youth Center, a group home for teens who have had multiple foster homes and many other challenges. It was during this time she became a licensed foster parent.
For the next 32 years, Dru was a foster parent to over 25 teens. She frequently allowed these teens to continue to live with her after they "aged out" of the foster care system, as long as they were either working or going to school and contributing to the household. At times she invited former foster children to return to live with her well into their 20's if they fell on tough times and needed a hand to get back on their feet.
At the age of 75, Dru retired from being a foster parent. However, she continues her commitment to foster families as the Region 1 Foster Parent liaison and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foster Parent Association of Washington State.
Though Dru never obtained a college degree, she believes passionately in the benefits of education and made substantial sacrifices to insure that her children had educational opportunities she never had.
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