Increasing the level of Educational Attainment in Kern County

Education begins early and reaches beyond high school.

Kern Futures uses the term “education: to refer to the continuum that begins with early childhood preparation and results in the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials and degrees.

Education is a necessity.

Education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Our future workshop must pursue and complete postsecondary credentials or degree beyond high school.

Education is for everyone.

Educational attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. Kern Futures is committed to closing these gaps.

Education is a public good.

Educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.


Community Convenings

Kern Community Foundation is bringing together community education stakeholders to think strategically, compile data, and create a blueprint for student success. This data-driven, strategic plan will encompass every level of local education and is intended to ensure that all students reach their education and career goals. Only through extensive collaboration can improvement of educational outcomes be attained.


College Success Program

Every student receiving a scholarship through the Kern Community Foundation will receive:

Academic Advising: We help students identify the right classes and understand the requirements to graduate before they start college.

Career Counseling: What will students be doing after college? We’ll be sure they’ve thought ahead.

Transcript Review and Accountability: How are students doing each term? We’ll check in and find out, offering support and encouragement.

Coordination with Financial Aid Offices: We ensure students are accessing all available funding to maximize everyone’s investment.

Annual Personal Growth Project: From person finance to connecting with local industry leaders, we encourage students to go beyond academics.


Access to Scholarships

In 2017, Kern Community Foundation fundholders and education partners awarded over $620,000 in scholarships to more than 330 students. These students attend colleges and universities across California and the United States and study everything from art to zoology. They were selected from a pool of hundreds of qualified applicants by more than 60 volunteer community evaluators. All scholarship recipients receive post-award services including academic counseling, career advising, transcript review, and financial aid monitoring to help ensure their post-secondary success.

Kern Community Foundation currently holds and manages nearly 20 scholarship funds to benefit students graduating from Kern County high schools. All of these scholarships are administered using the Foundation’s Common Application process – an automated system that takes the guess-work out of scholarship applications for students and places the responsibility for finding the right student-to-scholarship match on Foundation staff. In addition, it allows scholarship funds to have greater impact in the company of others.

If you are a student interested in applying for a scholarship or would like more information about financial aid, click here.

Kern Community Foundation, along with college access community partners, works to increase community awareness around the importance of improving educational attainment. Specifically, this means hosting community workshops and professional trainings, partnering with educators to tackle access issues, and promoting opportunities to increase community awareness.

To help the Foundation in this work, please click here and designate your donation for our College Access Initiative. If you are interested in supporting this initiative through other means or establishing your own scholarship fund, please contact us at 661.325.5346 or

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