Youth in the first state, have a new opportunity to help students pursue higher education.

Through the Aspire 529 program fostered youth will receive an award to help with financial obstacles when going to school. The state of Delaware found that less than 3 percent of all youth who age out of foster care actually graduate from a 4-year college, and even less from a vocational training program.

“Higher education is a daunting task especially when the financial burden is on our own shoulders,” says Colleen Davis, the Delaware State Treasurer.