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CFA Awards 10 Scholarships to Foster Youth

The Children’s Foundation of America is proud to announce we will be awarding 10 very deserving former foster youth with transitional support through scholarships this school year!

The Michael A. Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to assist Trinity Youth Services present and former foster youth in pursuing their academic and/or vocational education. The goal of the scholarship fund is to ensure academic success and/or a successful emancipation from Trinity’s care.

The fund allows youth who are or have been in Trinity’s care to experience a network of support, the keys to successful emancipation, and the understanding that regardless of their past, it is always possible to look toward a brighter future.

Each scholarship will assist youth by granting awards of up to $5,000 per year. There are several ways we are supporting these very bright and motivated youth as they enter independence in adulthood.

We are helping one young man with a down payment for a car to get him to and from film school in Los Angeles, one youth asked us to help him with his student loans, and others simply need help with living expenses like gas money, books, and student housing.

Thank you to all our donors who make this type of support possible for foster youth.


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
enelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.