[reposted from the 8/20/13 John Burton Foundation newsletter]

The John Burton Foundation Announces New Program for College Bound Foster Youth 

Starting this academic year, the John Burton Foundation will increase their support to foster youth in college by creating the Burton Fund, a new initiative that will pay up to $500/student for books needed for the upcoming school year. The Burton Fund will enhance the current Burton Scholars Backpack to Success Program by directly paying for the books needed for their classes so that students will not suffer a delay in purchasing this essential tool to further their studies.

This new initiative is open to all students who are Chafee grant eligible and have this information confirmed by their Financial Aid/Guardian Scholar Office. For more information, please contact Diane Matsuda at the John Burton Foundation: diane@johnburtonfoundation.org.


The deadline for applying for the Diablo Valley College Foster Youth Transition Scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, September 4, 2012. If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to apply.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a newly entering former foster youth within two years of completing high school
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (exceptions can be made for students in the DSS program)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have completed the matriculation process

To apply, please click on the application link. Please read the instructions carefully as there are numerous pieces of information required: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

A new scholarship has been created for incoming Diablo Valley College freshmen who formerly in the foster care system. The scholarship is awarded in $1,000 installments, once per semester for four semester. Click on the following link to access the scholarship application: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching: Thursday, 8/30/12. For more information or to pick up a hard copy of the application, contact either of your START coordinators (lkong@dvc.edu (Lindsay) or rrose@dvc.edu (Rudolf)). For more information, you may also contact Leslie Mills, DVC Scholarship Coordinator (lmills@dvc.edu).

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to help fund your college education.

Beyond Emancipation, a foster youth support program based in Alameda County, is offering an opportunity for former and current foster youth college students to receive textbook money for summer classes. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

        • Be a former dependent of Alameda County and was in a foster home, group home, or residential treatment program at age 16 or 17.
        • Be between the ages of 18 – 22.
        • Be enrolled in a college or vocational program accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), whether or not you have received your high school diploma or GED.

To get more information and to download an application, please visit the Beyond Emancipation link: http://www.beyondemancipation.org/bookmoney.php

The DVC Scholarship application period continues through Thursday, February 2, 2012. You can now access the 60+ scholarships currently available to continuing DVC students and see what is available. If you are in need of extra financial assistance to help fund your college education, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

To apply, you will need to complete the online application, submit two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a DVC faculty member or administrator), and write a personal statement/essay. If you need any help with the process, feel free to contact Rudolf or Lindsay for assistance.

Access the DVC scholarship application here: www.dvc.edu/scholarships.

Applications are being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year January 1, 2010 thru March 31, 2010


 These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and other resources.

Click here for their website.

Change a Life Foundation operates a scholarship program for graduating high school seniors in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange Counties and for Emancipated Youth throughout California.

The Change a Life Scholarship Program wishes to bridge the financial gap that college-bound students face. The donor wishes to do this by providing scholarships to students with great potential, high financial need, strong academic demonstration and community/civic involvement. Scholarships are meant to assist economically disadvantaged students who excel academically to attend the University/College of their choice, with a scholarship of up to $5,000 to defray unmet needs such as: tuition, room and board, lab fees, books, and health care insurance.

Click here for the website and application.

Foster A Dream is accepting applications for our 2010 “Dare to Dream” Academic Scholarship.

Current and former foster youth living in the Bay Area who plan to pursue or continue their higher education dreams are invited to apply.

 Click here for the application.

Scholarship Opportunity

January 14, 2010

Scholarship Application for Students From Foster Care Now Available


Casey Family Programs and The Orphan Foundation of American are pleased to announce that applications for college scholarships for students from foster care are now available for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Casey Family Scholars Program will award approximately 75 new scholarships for undergraduate study and career/technical training at accredited institutions and programs. A limited number of graduate school scholarships will also be awarded. Scholarships include support services.

Undergraduate scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and other resources. Graduate scholarships are merit-based and provide $10,000 for post-graduate study in any field. Graduate scholarships are renewable for one year.

The online application closes at midnight March 31, 2010.

Questions can be directed to:

Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) — www.orphan.org
Tina Raheem at OFA — (800) 950-4673
John Emerson at Casey Family Programs — (206) 270-4921

piggy bank collegeWhat other sources of financial aid can I apply for?
What does a winning scholarship application look like?
What opportunities are out there for me?

If you want answers to these questions and more, attend an upcoming scholarship workshop.

In conjunction with EOPS, several scholarship workshops will be offered to help you get a leg up on the competition. Leslie Mills, the DVC Scholarship Coordinator, can answer all your questions about opportunities for current DVC students to earn more money for college. True, it takes more work to apply for a scholarship, but the benefits are huge. A few hours of work could translate into a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars.

DVC Scholarship Workshop (2 sessions)
Session I – Tuesday, 11/3, 11am-12pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Sesssion II – Thursday, 11/12, 3-4pm – Student Services Center, Room 216

Kennedy King Scholarship Workshop (2 sessions)
(for minority students planning to transfer Fall 2010)
Session I – Monday, 11/16, 3:30-4:30pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Session II – Wednesday, 11/18, 5-6pm – Student Services Center, Room 216
Session III – Tuesday, 12/1, 2-3pm – Student Services Center, Room 216

To RSVP for any of the above workshops, contact Lindsay at (925) 685-1230, ext. 2076, or stop by the EOPS Office and let us know in person.