The JBBBSLA Scholarship Program was founded in 1990 thanks to the vision of Robert Aronoff, JBBBSLA Board Member and former Big Brother, and a generous grant from the Foundation for Camp Max Straus. Today, the program enjoys support from many generous individuals and foundations who have endowed scholarships in order to ensure long-term financial assistance to select motivated, current and former Little Brothers and Little Sisters who want to pursue post-secondary education.
In 2016, 36 Littles received JBBBSLA scholarships. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, books, school supplies, rent, transportation, and program fees. Many of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters overcome tremendous obstacles simply to graduate from high school; therefore, attending a trade school, community college, four-year university, graduate school, or other institution of higher education is a significant achievement.
To be eligible for the JBBBSLA Scholarship Program a mentee must have:
Applicants must reapply annually to be considered.
- Participated in JBBBSLA’s Mentoring Program for a minimum of two years (closed matches) OR for a minimum of one-and-a-half years by date of application (current matches).
- Been in a match that extended at least beyond their 12th birthday.
- Graduated, or be in the process of graduating, from an accredited high school or its equivalent.
- Decided to pursue post-secondary education through a trade school, community college, four-year university, graduate school, or other institution of higher education.
- Submitted transcript with GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Demonstrated a need for financial assistance in paying for his/her education.
- Demonstrated a commitment to community service through past volunteer experience.
The Application Process
The JBBBSLA Scholarship Committee is comprised of board members, the CEO, past scholarship recipients, and JBBBSLA staff members. The applicant’s Mentoring Specialist and Big Brother/Sister also have input into the application process, providing professional and knowledgeable guidance and recommendations, including background information related to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a secondary education environment.
Through an extensive application process and live interviews with our applicants, we hear stories that are heartfelt and inspirational while we learn about the background and aspirations of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters. We also hear about applicants’ relationships with their Big Brother or Big Sister. The experiences they share illustrate the encouragement and support mentors provide, as well as the impact these compassionate adults have had on their lives. Many of our scholars return to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters, continuing the cycle of service and support for vulnerable youth in Los Angeles.