The R4T Fund is an emergency fund intended as a last resort for preventing foster alumni college students, as defined by R is for Thursday, from dropping out of college due to short-term, addressable financial issues. The Fund is also used to provide support for statewide support of foster alumni in college. The Fund opened for applications on July 1, 2017.
The R4T Fund is not associated with any specific Oklahoma campus and is housed at the Oklahoma non-profit It’s My Community Initiative. Checks supporting R4T project may be made to IMCI R4T Fund and mailed to (Donations to R4T fund are tax deductible):
Amy Booth, Controller,
It’s My Community Initiative
3 E. Main Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Donations are tax deductible.
Applications for funding will only be considered for students at college or university campuses with active R4T Network advocates.
The R4T Fund is managed by a five-member executive committee that includes:
Chair: Melissa Johnson, Manager of Customer Experience Tracking and Ombudsman for the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
Brad Williams, Vice President of Student Services at OSU-OKC
Natalie Bergstrasser, Independent Living Coordinator for Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care
Amy Booth; Controller at It's My Community Initiative
Kerri Kearney, Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Oklahoma State University. Founder of the RisforThursday Foster Alumni Network of Oklahoma.