2020 End of Year: Scholarship Program Update

As we near the end of the year, we will be sharing all the things we are grateful for this year with each of our JBBBSLA programs. We know it’s been a challenging year, but there have been many bright spots, and we wanted to share them with you! Each week we will be spotlighting a different program, and how even with all the challenges, our kids have persevered! First up: College Scholarship.

Click below to hear from one of our scholarship recipients, Alan Karbachinsky. Alan is a former Little in our program and is on track to graduate from USC in 2021. Watch to see how he’s handling a tough school year, and how he wants to pay it forward once he graduates!


We want to share with you how our scholarship program has been doing. Back to school may have looked a little different this year, but that didn’t mean our students weren’t still busy, and JBBBSLA was busy alongside them. For our college-bound students, things like tuition, room and board, books and supplies all still needed to be paid for, and we were able to provide assistance. We awarded over $245,000 in scholarship funds to 89 students:

o JBBBSLA Scholarship – 38 students
o Arnold S. Nelson Scholarship – 43 students
o Rising Leaders Scholarship – 8 students

Approximately 80% of the youth served by JBBBSLA come from families that have a low-to-moderate income. In addition, 40% of our scholarship recipients lost their jobs or had a parent/guardian lose their job due to the pandemic. The resiliency of these college kids to achieve their academic goals is incredibly inspiring.

JBBBSLA offers scholarships to qualified seniors in our mentoring, camp and college guidance programs. Students may reapply for a scholarship each year of their college education! Our scholarship recipients have gone to colleges such as UCLA, USC, Dartmouth, Brown, MIT, CSUN, SDSU, and many other prestigious institutions.

If you’d like to learn more about our Scholarship programs, click here.

Next up: we will show you how over the summer we pivoted from an in-person camp to a virtual camp!


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