Our purpose is to help economically disadvantaged students pursue and achieve success in education so that they can obtain meaningful employment. Our programs to serve that purpose are focused on scholarships.
The Foundation has developed a broad spectrum of scholarship programs. Most of them are leveraged by matching funds (sometimes as much as 4 to 1) and, where available, government grants. Some programs seek to reach students in middle or high school on the theory that preparation and mentoring are necessary if these students are to succeed at the post-secondary level. Others are direct scholarship programs at the university level.
The Foundation’s university and college scholarships to students in financial need are offered at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Sonoma State University, and the University of Florida, among others. The Foundation also provides scholarships for dependents of UPS employees who attend postsecondary institutions in Florida.
The Foundation also has funded scholarships and endowment building at Florida’s state (formerly, community) colleges. One innovative project in partnership with the University of Central Florida and several state colleges is the DirectConnect partnership, which allows graduates from those state colleges to go directly to UCF and obtain scholarship support.
Examples of programs that seek to reach middle or high school students are the Johnson Take Stock program in the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, and Providence St. Mel School in Chicago, Illinois. Both of these seek to engage disadvantaged students with a mentoring and scholarship program aimed at helping them to graduate from high school and attend postsecondary institutions.
Economically Disadvantaged Student Grant Making Strategy
Why we make grants in this focus area
To help disadvantaged students pursue and achieve success in post-secondary education.
Focus area theory of change
Disadvantaged students face economic and social barriers. JSF supports programs that help students overcome these obstacles. If students succeed in education, they will be better prepared and have the tools to participate more fully in society.
Linkage to JSF Mission, Core Values, and JSF Theory of Change
This purpose echoes the JSF mission and links to our overall theory of change because our grant making removes barriers to
education for these students so they can:
- complete high school
- pursue and complete post-secondary educational goals
To increase the success rate of these students so that more of them complete high school and pursue post-secondary education.
To leverage our grant investments by engendering community ownership of these interventions and educational supports after our period of grant investment ends.
Students will achieve success in college.
Students will graduate and be prepared to participate more fully in the competitive workplace and in society.
(Over 5 Years)
Students who have graduated from programs we support with grants will have more success in the workplace and have families that understand the value of education and expect success in education and the workplace.
Communities will “own” these successful interventions and educational supports by creating mechanisms to ensure their
continuation after JSF grants conclude.