Burton Book Fund & Critical Needs Fund

Since its inception in 2013, the Burton Book Fund has provided $1.9 million to cover textbooks and critical needs costs to over 7,700 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 textbooks 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. Those approved for the Burton Book Fund will receive $200 for the academic year to purchase their college course materials.  They will also have access to a Critical Needs Fund made available in the Spring should any unforeseen financial hardship arise.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Burton Book Fund will open on June 27, 2019, and campuses will have until Friday, July 19th to submit their applications to access those funds. For more information, please register for the webinar on June 27.

Campus Applications to Participate in the Burton Book Fund will be available on  June 27!

  • June 27, 2019

  • July 19, 2019

    Deadline for campus application submission to participate for 2019-2020 academic year

    Applications will be released on June 27 and must be submitted by July 19 to participate in the Burton Book Fund. Links to the applications will be uploaded here at that time.

  • July 31, 2019

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

    A link to the student application will be provided to campus representatives to begin working with students to apply for a Burton Book Fund award. Approved students can begin using their award to purchase their college course materials throughout the academic year.