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 template 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.