Burton Book Fund

Since its inception in 2013, the Burton Book Fund has provided $1.75 million in text books to over 6,600 current and former foster youth attending colleges in California. The goal of the Burton Book Fund is to promote college success among current and former foster youth by helping offset the high cost of text books and by encouraging their engagement and contact with campus support professionals.

Each academic year, the Burton Book Fund is administered through the campus support representatives who submit an application to participate.  Upon their application submission, John Burton Advocates for Youth provides campus support representatives with a student application to award book funds to their students.

The Burton Fund for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed, and John Burton Advocates is allocating awards to the campuses that submitted agreements to participate.  To see a list of participating campuses and who to contact about receiving the Burton Book Fund, please review the list on the right.

Additional documents for the program are below. If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please email Carolyn@jbay.org


Provides brief overview and important dates for the 2018-2019 Burton Book Fund

FAQ Document

Compilation of frequently asked questions about the 2018-2019 Burton Book Fund

The Burton Book Fund has Opened for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

  • June 22, 2018

  • July 13, 2018

    Deadline for application submission to participate for 2018-2019 academic year

    Both a campus representative application and bookstore application must be submitted by this date to receive Burton Book Funds for your students.

    CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE AGREEMENT– Outlines responsibilities for participating in the Burton Book Fund and opportunity to request the number of Burton Book fund awards you’d like for your campus. See if your campus representative has signed up here.

    BOOKSTORE AGREEMENTOutlines responsibilities of participating and invoice schedule.  See if your campus bookstore administrator has signed up here.

  • July 27, 2018

    Campus representatives notified of the number of awards they will have for their students

    Student application will be provided to campus representatives to award book funds.

  • Aug 1, 2018

    Approved students may begin using Burton Funds to purchase textbooks & required course materials from their campus bookstore