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LAVC Guardian Scholars Program Receives $31,000 in Grants

The Anthony & Jeanne Pritkzer Foster Youth Initiative has recently awarded the LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars program with a $25,000 grant. In addition, the Pritkzer Initiative's Foster Care Counts has awarded a $5,000 grant plus an additional $1,000 for student scholarships through the LAVC Foundation. The funds will be used to help support current and former foster youth at Los Angeles Valley College. Congratulations!

LAVC Guardian Scholars Program Receives $31,000 in Grants

The LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars program has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Anthony & Jeanne Pritkzer Foster Youth Initiative to support foster youth in the Guardian Scholars program at Los Angeles Valley College. 

In addition, the Foster Care Counts (an entity of the Pritkzer Initiative) has awarded Guardian Scholars with a $5,000 grant to provide additional funds to offset financial hardships to those students who need it the most. It has also awarded Guardian Scholars an additional $1,000 specifically for student scholarships, which will be awarded through the LAVC Foundation.

The LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars program supports current and former foster youth attending Los Angeles Valley College. "Guardian Scholars are some of the most vulnerable students on our campus," notes Alex Ojeda, coordinator of the LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars program. "They often find themselves in financial crisis throughout the academic year, which consequently affects their academic performance. With the help of the Pritkzer Initiative and Foster Care Counts, we are able to alleviate some of the stressors experienced by our students."

LAVC Guardian Scholars has maintained a strong relationship with the Pritkzer Family since the program began at LAVC in 2015. The Pritkzer Family continues to be a tremendous ally to current and foster youth students on campus. This is the fourth consecutive year it has received an annual grant from the Anthony & Jeanne Pritkzer Foster Youth Initiative.

Through the efforts of this program, 14 Guardian Scholars have applied to transfer or have completed an associates degree this year. "This is amazing news considering that only 2% of former foster youth attain a four-year degree on a national level, so the support we receive is imperative to their success," notes Ojeda. "We are shifting statistics!!"

NextUp/Guardian Scholars is currently accepting applications from current and former foster youth for the Spring 2019 semester. The Spring 2019 deadline to apply online is March 1, 2019. 

In addition, tax-deductible donations for foster youth scholarships are being accepted through the LAVC Foundation; select "Give Online", go to "Other Designation" field, and specify "Guardian Scholarships" under "Additional Instructions".

The LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars is a student support program for current and former foster youth attending Valley College, that joins together campus student support services to assist students reach their academic goals. It is part of the California Community College's NextUp (also known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support, or CAFYES) program. For more information, visit the LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars Web page.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/1/2019 5:00:05 PM