The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new level of uncertainty and instability to our scholars and their families. Campbell Scholars families have always lived within their means, but the ongoing uncertainty and disruption to work have put many families on the brink. While many families have been buoyed by unemployment benefits and the federal stimulus check, many of our scholars’ families do not qualify for these safety nets and have been left to fend for themselves.
How funds will be distributed
The funds raised through this campaign will fund two initiatives:
-Because we will be providing most of our summer programs online during the month of July, we will provide each family with cash equivalents to cover the cost of one month of utilities (electricity and internet) and food for their scholar. The amount for each Campbell Scholars family will range from $300-$400, depending on our fundraising success.
-Our program has identified a group of around 25 families who have lost at least 50% of their wages but are not eligible for unemployment or federal stimulus checks. We would like to allow those families to apply for an additional one-time cash grant to help make ends meet. The distributions will range from $1000-$2000 and scaled to the success of our fundraising efforts.
Any funds that are raised beyond our fundraising goal will be distributed through these two channels.
About Campbell Scholars
The Campbell Scholars Program is a college access and success program that supports low-income, high-achieving college aspirants and their families along the college pathway from 6th grade through college graduation. The program extends the college preparatory resources and capacity of Campbell Hall to support underserved students attending Title I schools. The program currently supports over 100 scholars and families in the San Fernando Valley.
There are currently over 100 Campbell Scholars and families spread over six different cohorts ranging from 7th grade to 12th grade. identified by their public school teachers and administrators as having clear potential for college and professional success.
This year, all 15 scholars in our inaugural cohort -- now seniors in high school -- applied to college and were accepted to four-year universities with 100% of their family’s financial need met. 14/15 scholars were accepted to selective colleges (private liberal arts colleges or UCs) with the majority of our students receiving full tuition scholarships. The hope of this fund is that the five cohorts that follow will continue to stay on track for similar success.
Campbell Scholars qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch and aspire to be the first in their family to graduate from a 4-year college. While our scholars possess a great deal of potential, their academic success is relatively fragile due to a variety of risk factors and systemic inequities.