Support Scholarships: The John and Karen Neiuber Scholarship Fund
Imagine, if you will, that you are 18 years of age and your parents tell you that you that you are on your own and you will no longer receive any support from them, emotionally or financially. How many of you were ready to go out on your own at 18 without a supportive family?
Sobering, isn’t it? That was the case for foster children until the passage of the Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Today, foster children may remain in care through the age of 21. And there are efforts afoot to extend that to age 24.
Only about 3% of foster care alumni graduate from college. Foster youth are eligible for tuition assistance at California State Universities and Community Colleges; however, as we all know, tuition is not the only expense associated with attending college.
That is why wife Karen and I contribute to the John and Karen Neiuber Scholarship Fund through the Children’s Foundation of America. Each year, a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a deserving foster youth in our name that helps them defray costs such as room and board, transportation, technology, and other living expenses.
Through the various scholarship funds at the Children’s Foundation of America, a total of $55,000 is awarded annually to former foster youth on the road to independence. Join us in supporting this worthy endeavor.
Children’s Foundation of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
John Neiuber, Chairman of the Board
John is the former CEO of the Children’s Foundation of America and Trinity Youth Services. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSUSB. He is a veteran and received the Army Commendation Medal. John was a teacher, union president, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator in the public schools, and a management and leadership consultant to public agencies and private industry. John was recognized by the Center for Entrepreneurship as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. He is an active volunteer in his community, having served on city and county commissions. He is currently the President of the Board of Trinity Youth Services and writes a monthly history column for the local newspaper.