Thanks to many community and media partners that helped get the word out, Kern Community Foundation has received more than 600 applications (a record!) from graduating high school seniors for its Kern Futures Scholarships for 2018-19. That represents a 40 percent increase over the 430 applications received in 2017-18.

Such an overwhelming response from college-bound youth from all over Kern County means KCF needs lots of community volunteers to help with scholarship application evaluations.

“Our Kern Futures Scholarship program supports deserving students on their path to postsecondary success,” said Foundation President and CEO Kristen Beall.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of scholarship applicants, please consider donating approximately five hours of your time over a three-week period from mid-March through early April to read and score student essays online at your convenience. No prior experience needed.

• Training provided to use our online platform.

• Review 6-10 application essays.

• Rate essays using the procedures outlined in training.

To sign up, visit and click on the “Sign up here” button in the “Scholarship Application Evaluators Needed” section.

Questions? Contact Kern Community Foundation’s Scholarship Coordinator Joe Brown at, or 616-2605.