We are the Jim Burke Education Foundation. The legacy of Jim Burke and his spirit of generosity continues to be the driving force of the Foundation. Our mission is to help the youth of Kern County excel through grants, scholarships and civic projects developed through the Dream Builders student leadership program.

Each winter, the Jim Burke Education Foundation accepts 32 high achieving, high school juniors to participate in the Ford Dimension and Dream Builders program. Together, these 32 students become the foundation’s Student Board Members and participate in our leadership programs.


The Jim Burke Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing students with opportunities to excel. Please click on the icons for more information on the Ford Dimension and Dream Builders programs.

The foundation believes the cooperative efforts of business, educators, students, parents and people like you make a difference in the quality of education for our local students. Thank you again for your support and interest.

Jim Burke Education Foundation

Every year, four civic minded companies are corporate sponsors to an 8 member student leadership team. They provide mentorship, support, and scholarship to their students. The experience, knowledge and feedback students receive from their Corporate Sponsors is invaluable!

Jim Burke Education Foundation, Dignity Health
Jim Burke Education Foundation, The Garlic Company
Jim Burke Education Foundation, Bank of the Sierra


“Service before self” is the motto of students of Ford Dimension and Dream Builders. Service to our community would not be possible without the assistance of various non-profit organizations that serve as Community Partners to our program. These organizations provide expertise, guidance, resources, venues, and collaborations to some of our students’ service projects.

Thank you Community Partners!


Mikie Hay
Jim Burke Ford
VP Community Affairs
Ford Dimension, Director
2001 Oak Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Mikie Hay
Dream Builders, Director
Jim Burke Education Foundation, Director
PO Box 316
Bakersfield, CA 93302