Youth Scholarship Opportunities
Bancroft and John Muir Middle School Students
The San Leandro Education Foundation is excited to partner with the Youth Opportunity Scholarship program! This program is supported by a San Francisco-based family foundation that is interested in giving San Leandro youth opportunities to develop and follow their passions. 
Once complete, students can give the application to their Parent Facilitator in the main office. 
At John Muir Middle School please see Jasmin Vega.
At Bancroft Middle School please see Joanna Garcia.
What is the Youth Opportunity Scholarships program about?
The goal of the program is to help students pursue their passion. Students can apply for scholarships of up to $250 to pay for extracurricular activities or $500 for summer camp of their choosing. This is a chance for students to dream big and decide what it is that they want to learn. Students can renew their scholarship for the same activity one time. Each student is eligible to receive a total of $500 in scholarships.
Who can apply? 
Students in 6-8th grade attending Bancroft or John Muir Middle Schools (summer scholarships available to students entering the 9th grade.)
What can I apply for?
Whatever you’re excited about! Students can apply for scholarships to cover the cost of any program or activity that they would like to pursue. In the past, students have used the money for dance classes, music lessons, sports teams, creative arts courses, outdoor activities, and more.
A resource list of sample activities is provided, but students can apply for activities not included on the list. Please note: Checks can only be issued to businesses or organizations. They cannot be made out to individuals. Please research the activity to ensure that the check can be made out to a business/organization.
How do I apply?
There are two parts to the application: the application form and the personal essay. The application form is where the student lists information about themselves, the activity they want to do, and information about their adult contact. The adult contact can be anyone (parent/guardian, sibling, counselor, etc.) who is willing to ensure regular attendance and coordinate transportation to/from the activity for the student, but a parent/guardian signature is required on all applications.
The personal essay is the most important part of the application. Students must write or type an essay that addresses each of the questions listed on the application form. Students can also include video, artwork, photos, or other items to further illustrate their answers.
Apply Any Time 
Once complete, students can turn them into their Parent Facilitator in the main office.
At John Muir Middle School please see Jasmin Vega.
At Bancroft Middle School please see Joanna Garcia.
In the summer, when school is not in session, email completed application and essay to with the subject line: "Youth Opportunity Scholarship".  During the summer, you may also mail applications to:
San Leandro Education Foundation
14735 Juniper St.
San Leandro, CA 94579