For more than 20 years, our foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to deserving students in Kern County to continue their education at their respective institutions of higher education. In addition, we provide guidance and support services to ensure that the scholars make a successful transition to college and excel once they are there.


Youth 2 Leaders is pleased to announce our scholarship recipients for the 2017 College Dream Fund Scholarship.

The candidates chosen for this year’s College Dream Fund were students who, despite some obstacles, are still thriving and succeeding in their studies. Congratulations to each of our scholarship recipients!

Recipient's Name High School
Adriana Ayala Lopez West High School
Andrea Fuerte Mira Monte High School
Carlos Avenado East Bakersfield High School
David Perez Lopez Mira Monte High School
Diana Aguirre South High School
Edgar Villasenor Arvin High School
Jorge Zermeno Arvin High School
Josefina Gonzalez Wasco High School
Judith Diaz North High School
Karen Alejandra Gutierrez West High School
Kevin Dominguez South High School
Mirelly Cuatianquiz Taft Union High School
Nuvia Zavala Gallardo Arvin High School
Salvador Barajas Arvin High School
Vanessa Mendoza de Leon Shafter High School
Victor Morales Foothill High School
Yulissa Ramirez Ramirez West High School

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?

    Complete the application on the link and mail it before April 17, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for a scholarship?

    No, in fact, the College Dream Fund Scholarship is only open for undocumented high school seniors. If funding allows, current undocumented college students will also be considered.

  • How can I submit my scholarship application?

    Application must be mailed to the following address: P.O. BOX 9051, Bakersfield, CA 93389

  • How are students selected?

    Successful candidates are selected based on a comprehensive evaluation considering academic potential, personal background, (i.e. program participation, low-income, first generation, extracurricular activities, etc.) personal statement, and official letters of recommendation. A group of Kern County professionals evaluate all completed applications. Once they have been evaluated, we then begin our rigorous process of selection, which is based on a scoring system rubric.

  • When will I know if I am selected to receive an award?

    Notification dates will vary. Most notifications will be announced during the month of May at the student’s scholarship award ceremony. Appropriate email and/or letter notifications will also be delivered.

  • Will I be notified if I do not receive an award?

    Yes. All notifications are sent via email once the selection process has been completed to the address applicants applied with.

  • If I am selected for a scholarship, when should I expect my disbursement?

    Scholarship awards are contingent upon proof of full-time enrollment and financial aid awards letter for the entire academic year.

    Awards are disbursed 4-6 weeks after you submit proof of enrollment. If any other questions need to be asked, please contact us at 661 374 8817 or email