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The PbS Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to inspire, encourage and assist youths and staff pursuing post-secondary education. Two youths and two staff are selected to receive up to $2,000 each by the PbS Board of Directors based on the applicants’ essay explaining how he or she will “pay it forward” and use what they learn to better the lives of future generations.

Here are some stories from past recipients of the scholarship:

My education plans are going well. I am in my final year of graduate school at the University of North Dakota and classes are going well. I am still planning on pursuing a doctoral degree in the future but am still looking at schools. The scholarship has helped to fund my final year and pay for part of my tuition!

- Brianna Carkhuff, Grand Forks JDC, North Dakota

I am extremely thankful for being chosen as a PbS Scholarship recipient. I will be graduating this May 2017 with my Masters degree in Social Work. The scholarship helped me a lot to pay for my tuition and books. It was a tough semester and I was struggling financially to pay for my School expenses. I have been more involved in anything that deals with PbS. We just had a presentation on PbS where we were able to see how we are doing compared to other counties and at a national level. It allowed us to see what we can improve on as I continue to work with the youth in their rehabilitative process. I came here to the U.S. in 2001 and lived in an impoverished community where gangs were present. If it wasn't for all the supportive individuals in my life I do not know where I would be right now. I see these young men we work with and try to offer them a lot of support. In my two years working here with this department we have had some success stories. I began looking into promoting into a Juvenile Officer III or a Deputy Probation Officer to look more into the different policies at a macro level aimed towards these youth. Once again thank you so much for everything and I will forever be grateful for being awarded the PbS Scholarship.

- Edgar Calvillo, Merced County Probation, California

The application period has closed for 2017.