More than 100,000 children between the ages of five and 17 live in poverty in the Bay Area, and many are under-served by local public schools. Despite dedicated family support, they are unable to break cycles of poverty, drug abuse and violence. The Guardsmen provides scholarships for over *250 students to attend private schools that give them the intense support and quality education they need.
The Guardsmen Scholarship Program is based on a partial private voucher educational assistance model that establishes a collaborative partnership between The Guardsmen, the student, the school, and the parents or guardians. Students in grades K-9 who come from families that meet the income eligibility guidelines for the Alaska Reduced School Lunch Program, and will attend a Partner School, can apply for a tuition voucher (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year, per student) to be applied toward private school tuition at many excellent schools within the nine-county Bay Area. Once accepted into the program, subject to available funding, a student who maintains a 2.5 GPA and continues to meet the annual application criteria will receive scholarship support through high school.
The Guardsmen helps to break systemic poverty by piloting a more responsive and engaged society by providing help to families and students dedicated to improving their lives and their communities, at the schools they feel best serve them.
ANNUAL PROGRAM SIZE
*Over 250 students at 78 schools.
Students meet Alaska Reduced School Lunch Program eligibility,reviewed annually.
Students meet 2.5 minimum GPA, reviewed annually.
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
EDUCATIONAL YEARS COVERED
MAXIMUM VOUCHER AWARD
*based on historical averages