The JLSD recently awarded 16 students at 2- and 4-year colleges in San Diego County with a 2013 Transition Age Youth (TAY) textbook scholarship! These students, most of whom are the first in their family to attend college, received a combined $7,000 to support their studies.
The 2013 winners are studying hard to pursue careers as a neurosurgeon, veterinarian, nurse, social worker, journalist, lawyer, and engineer, to name a few. Many award recipients expressed to desire to educate the public of their journey in the foster care system and improve the system for future foster youth. The winners derived from the following schools:
- San Diego State University: 6 Students, combined $2,850
- Cuyamaca College: 1 Student $400
- Cal State University, San Marcos: 4 Students, combined $1,600
- MiraCosta College: 4 Students, combined $1,700
- Grossmont College: 1 Student $450
The committee received over 40 qualified applications–consisting of student transcripts, short answer, and essay questions–from students across San Diego county. Applicants averaged 22 years of age and a 2.94 overall grade point average.
The JLSD Scholarship Committee, who reviewed each one of the TAY applications, said that the opportunity to read the scholarship applications was truly enlightening. “We feel honored to present these 16 scholarships to such deserving San Diego scholars,” they said. Keep up the good work!