For more than 20 years, our foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to deserving students in Kern County to continue their education at their respective institutions of higher education. In addition, we provide guidance and support services to ensure that the scholars make a successful transition to college and excel once they are there.


2018-2019 College Dream Fund Application.

The College Dream Fund Scholarship is specifically for first-generation undocumented students attending a four-year or two-year institution to obtain a higher-level degree beyond high school.
There will be two different applications one application for first-time high school seniors and another application for renewal applicants who are currently attending a college or university and is a current recipient of our scholarship. Priority is given to the renewal applicants who are current scholars of the College Dream Fund Scholarship.

Download 2018-2019 Application or Download 2018-2019 Renewal


A big Thanks to Fresno's Consulado de mexico
for their enormous support

2018 Future Leaders Scholarship Application.

The Kern County Future Leaders Scholarship is offered through the YOUTH 2 LEADERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION in collaboration with the Migrant Education Region V. The Future Leaders Scholarship is designed to aid college students who demonstrate financial need in attaining their goal of attending a community college or university.

Download Future Leaders Scholarship Application

2017-2018 College Dream Fund Application.

Thanks to the Mexican Consulate of Fresno we are reopening the 2017-2018 College Dream Fund Application.

Download 2017-2018 College Dream Fund Application

Youth 2 Leaders is pleased to announce our scholarship recipients for the 2017 College Dream Fund Scholarship.

The candidates chosen for this year’s College Dream Fund were students who, despite some obstacles, are still thriving and succeeding in their studies. Congratulations to each of our scholarship recipients!

Recipient's Name High School
Adriana Ayala Lopez West High School
Andrea Fuerte Mira Monte High School
Carlos Avenado East Bakersfield High School
David Perez Lopez Mira Monte High School
Diana Aguirre South High School
Edgar Villasenor Arvin High School
Jorge Zermeno Arvin High School
Josefina Gonzalez Wasco High School
Judith Diaz North High School
Karen Alejandra Gutierrez West High School
Kevin Dominguez South High School
Mirelly Cuatianquiz Taft Union High School
Nuvia Zavala Gallardo Arvin High School
Salvador Barajas Arvin High School
Vanessa Mendoza de Leon Shafter High School
Victor Morales Foothill High School
Yulissa Ramirez Ramirez West High School

Scholarships Opportunities for AB 540 Students

Undocumented AB 540 students are encouraged to apply for funding from outside organizations that offer scholarships to students without regard to their citizenship status.

For scholarships requesting a Social Security number, students should contact the organization and inquire if that is definitely required for applying. Students should also inquire if a Tax ID number can be substituted for a Social Security number. Students can obtain a Tax ID number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If US citizenship is indicated as a requirement, students should still contact the organization and inquire if that is truly required.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities for AB 540 Students by downloading our PDF package below.
Download PDF package

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?

    Complete the application on the link and mail it before April 17, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for a scholarship?

    No, in fact, the College Dream Fund Scholarship is only open for undocumented high school seniors. If funding allows, current undocumented college students will also be considered.

  • How can I submit my scholarship application?

    Application must be mailed to the following address: P.O. BOX 9051, Bakersfield, CA 93389

  • How are students selected?

    Successful candidates are selected based on a comprehensive evaluation considering academic potential, personal background, (i.e. program participation, low-income, first generation, extracurricular activities, etc.) personal statement, and official letters of recommendation. A group of Kern County professionals evaluate all completed applications. Once they have been evaluated, we then begin our rigorous process of selection, which is based on a scoring system rubric.

  • When will I know if I am selected to receive an award?

    Notification dates will vary. Most notifications will be announced during the month of May at the student’s scholarship award ceremony. Appropriate email and/or letter notifications will also be delivered.

  • Will I be notified if I do not receive an award?

    Yes. All notifications are sent via email once the selection process has been completed to the address applicants applied with.

  • If I am selected for a scholarship, when should I expect my disbursement?

    Scholarship awards are contingent upon proof of full-time enrollment and financial aid awards letter for the entire academic year.

    Awards are disbursed 4-6 weeks after you submit proof of enrollment. If any other questions need to be asked, please contact us at 661 374 8817 or email