Burton Book 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.

Campuses interested in participating in the Burton Book Fund will have until Friday, July 19th to submit their applications. The links to the applications can be found on the right next to the July 19th date. For more information, please review the webinar.

Participating Burton Book Fund Campuses & Contacts

Lists the campuses who received Burton Book Fund awards to provide to students starting August 1st. Students interested in receiving a $200 award can reach out to their campus Burton Book Fund contact listed here.

FAQ Document

Answers commonly asked questions about the 2019-2020 Burton Book Fund

Burton Book Fund Tracking Tool

Campus representatives are required to track their students’ funds use and submit this sheet as a mid-year update by December 13, 2019 to reallocate unsed funds to new students.

The Burton Book Fund is now Open—Contact the Particpating Campuses Below!

  • June 27, 2019

  • July 19, 2019

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

    Campuses who would like to participate must submit a campus representative agreement and a bookstore agreement by July 19 in order to participate in the Burton Book Fund.


  • 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.

  • August 1 , 2019

    The Burton Book Fund opens for students to begin making purchases

    Students who are approved for the Burton Book Fund may begin making textbook and course material purchases

  • April 17, 2020

    The Burton Book Fund closes for the 2019-2020 academic year

    Students who are approved for the Burton Book Fund have until this date to make purchases. Any unused funds will be forfeited.

  • May 1, 2020