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The 2021 PbS Scholarship is Now Open!

So far the Scholarship Awards have helped 15 individuals earn bachelor or master’s degrees, or college credits.

We’re excited to announce that the PbS Education and Employment Foundation 2021 Scholarship Award is now open! PbS invites all staff and youths from PbS-participating facilities and programs to apply.

This year the Annie E. Casey Foundation has generously donated $10,000 to go towards scholarships. The awards of $1,000 or $2,000 will be given to help offset the costs of university degrees or college credits and support efforts to further post-secondary education. So far the Scholarship Awards have helped 15 individuals earn bachelor or master’s degrees, or college credits.

We are changing things up this year in several ways:

  • Scholarship awards can now be used to fund either one or two semesters;
  • We have doubled the funding for staff applicants;
  • We are inviting youth applicants to join our PbS Education and Employment Foundation Advisory Board to help us expand membership; and
  • Staff and youths can submit a voice/video recording (two to three minutes) in place of a written essay.

Interested in taking the next step towards your future? Download the Youth or Staff PbS Scholarship application form and submit it with your voice/video recording, one or more letters of recommendation and documentation verifying your acceptance, or intention to enroll, into an educational program.

Applications close March 31, 2021 and winners will be announced in the spring.

For more information or questions regarding the Scholarship Award, please email: or visit The Scholarship Award webpage has links to the separate application forms for youths and staff members, as well as the Scholarship Award flyer and an overview of the Scholarship Award to distribute in your facility.


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PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October.  PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.