We understand that in order for our participants to survive in today’s job market, they must strive for more than a high school diploma.

For this reason, we offer our corpsmember graduates scholarship opportunities to help them pursue post-secondary education and vocational training. We also help students make this transition out of high school by assisting them with forms and answering general questions about the application process.

All of our corpsmembers are offered three privately-funded scholarship opportunities to pursue their higher education goals when they leave our program. All of our cash scholarships are awarded upon confirmation that our graduates are enrolled in post-secondary institution.

Russell Kantor Scholarship Fund

First, we have an in-house scholarship fund made possible by private donations raised at our Annual Spring Luncheon Celebration. Created in 1989, the Russell Kantor Scholarship awards generous cash scholarships to students pursuing a higher education. Recent scholars have attended community colleges and prestigious universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago, among others. To date, we have awarded almost $1.4 million to over 1,300 scholars.

The 2015-2016 Russell Kantor Scholarship will be available in the Winter.

Fred J. Aves Vocational Education Fund

Our second scholarship opportunity is the Fred J. Aves Vocational Education Fund, administered by the California Community Foundation (CCF). We have partnered with CCF since 2002 to provide over 90 scholarships for individuals interested in obtaining education and/or training in a vocational field. Each year, select scholars to receive awards of up to $2,500, which can be used to cover expenses related to school tuition, books and other supplies. We have helped scholars enroll in healthcare courses at Maric College and pursue the culinary arts at the California School of Culinary Arts. Since 2002, we have awarded over $225,000 in scholarship money through the Fred J. Aves Scholars.



AmeriCorps Education Awards

Corpsmembers who participate in the Young Adult Corps can take advantage of a third scholarship opportunity that applies paid on-the-job training and service hours towards an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,000. To date, more than 200 Young Adult Corps corpsmembers have earned above $375,000 in AmeriCorps Education Awards.

For more information on any of these scholarships, please contact Jorelle Javier, Scholarship Assistant, or (213) 749-3601 x213.