Burton Book Fund & Critical Needs Fund

Since its inception in 2013, the Burton Book Fund has provided $1.75 million in textbooks and critical needs expenses 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. Those approved for the Burton Book Fund also have access to a Critical Needs Fund should any unforeseen financial hardship arise.

To see a list of participating campuses and who to contact about receiving a Burton Book Fund or Critical Needs stipend, please click HERE.

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

Critical Needs Fund

Students approved for the Burton Book Fund can have access to up to $500 in critical needs funds should unforeseen financial hardships arise. Requests should be submitted through the Burton Book Fund campus representative. For more information, please read the one-pager above.

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

  • June 22, 2018

  • July 13, 2018

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

    The deadline for campus applications has now passed, and Burton Book Fund awards have been distributed to participating campuses as this time.

    The list of campuses and respective contacts that are participating in the Burton Book Fund for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found HERE.

    Please reach out to the your campus representative to inquire about receiving Burton Book funds.

  • 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