[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.

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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

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

  • CASEY FAMILY SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP
  • FOSTER CARE TO SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

 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.

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