Single Parents Reaching Out for Unlimited Tomorrows (SPROUT)
The SPROUT program is a comprehensive residential program for single parents (ages 18-23) and their children. With year-round campus housing, nearby day care, and a strong community of support, a parent has the best possible environment for personal and academic success.
- are full-time students, responsible for their own academic success
- are responsible for a portion of the financial cost of tuition - paid through work-study jobs, scholarships and loans
- juggle child-care along with campus responsibilities
- participate in a series of self-development and educational programs outside of the classroom
- have only one child
Each mother and child are provided with a furnished one bedroom apartment on campus. The 12 SPROUT apartments occupy one wing of a BW owned apartment building. Laundry facilities are located in the wing. All apartments have cable, BW high speed internet connection, and a landline for local calls. SPROUT students live on campus year round.
Securing daycare for their children is the responsibility of each parent. The SPROUT Director assists each woman with securing vouchers from county to pay for most of the childcare costs. There are several area daycare centers in the Berea area that serve children from infant to pre-K.
A component of the SPROUT program is the personal and professional development of each woman in regard to her academic and career aspirations, parenting skills, financial literacy and personal interests. Personal and professional development occurs through a series of methods including speakers, focus groups, classes, counseling, mentoring, experiential projects and internship opportunities.
Students are selected to participate in the SPROUT program based on their desire, need, past academic achievement and academic promise. A primary consideration is a student's willingness to live in a residential program that is designed to keep them on a track that will help them achieve success both academically and personally. Each student must complete full-time coursework each term while meeting the SPROUT grade point average of 2.5 or above. Baldwin Wallace offers a number of support services such as tutoring, learning center, writing laboratory and a computer center to help assure students of their academic success.
A major concern for many single student parents is how to pay for college, housing, childcare, and living expenses. The Baldwin Wallace Financial Aid Office, along with the director of the SPROUT program, assists each student in locating and obtaining funding for these expenses through federal and state financial aid, county services, scholarships, grants and student loans. SPROUT students have work study jobs on campus during the academic year to develop additional skills and earn money for living expenses. During the summer, all SPROUT students work full time and/or gain professional experience through internships off campus.
SPROUT only accepts Ohio residents.