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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 Ford Dream Builders student leadership program.

Each spring, the Jim Burke Education Foundation accepts 32 achieving, high school juniors to participate in the Ford Dimension and Dream Builders program. Together, these 32 students will gain leadership, career and life skills as they create and implement significant service projects that meet a community need.

Introducing the 2021-2022 class of Ford Dream Builder student leaders
Welcome to our Ford Family!

Iman Abumeri – BCHS
Fletcher Bank - Garces
Ivan Barajas – Ridgeview
Jacob Borda – Liberty
Anastacia Briviesca – South
Heath Champagne – Foothill
Mark Chavez – BHS
Sophia Curutchague – Garces
Dara Deru – Stockdale
Kevin Dewey – BHS
Samuel Ellis – Centennial
Cristal Flores – East
Chloe Garcia – Highland
Maggie Gless – BHS
Kamelah Graim – West
Garrett Guinn – Liberty
Lindsay Guyton – Liberty

Jonathan Herring – Independence
Janae Hutson – Ridgeview
Thomas Lehman – Liberty
Alexsandra Lockridge – Ridgeview
Luke McNaughton – Frontier
Jennifer Morones – Golden Valley
Charley Nunley – Frontier
Tom Pickett – BCHS
Travis Plugge – Garces
Liam O’Conner - Stockdale
Natalie Tun - Centennial
Sricharan Samudrala - Highland
Sydney Schuetz - BCHS
Emma Tripp - North
Alberto Valencia – Mira Monte
Sophia Zaninovich - Garces


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. Please check out our Student Projects below. These young leaders have worked passionately and generously on their projects and we know they’re making an impact!

Nutritious Delicious
Celebrating Youth
Full STEAM Ahead

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! Contact us to learn more about Corporate Sponsorship for this nonprofit.


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


Valley Republic Bank


“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!

Alabama State University
Baylor University
Boise State University
Boston University
Brigham Young University – Provo
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
California Lutheran University
Case Western Reserve University
Chatham University
Chico State University
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
CSU, Bakersfield
CSU, Channel Islands
CSU, East Bay
CSU, Fullerton
CSU, Long Beach
CSU, Monterey Bay
CSU, Northridge
Fashion Institute of Design
and Merchandising
Fresno State University
Furman University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gonzaga University
Harvard University

Holy Names University
Howard University
Humboldt State University
Indiana University
Louisiana State University
Montana State University
Morehouse College
Occidental College
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sacramento State University
Saint Louis University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Seattle University
Sonoma State University
Stony Brook University
Talladega College
Texas A&M
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz

United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of South Florida
University of Toledo
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Iowa
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin
University of Utah
University of Washington
Utah Valley University
Weber State University
West Virginia University
Wichita State University

Jim Burke Education Foundation is a non-profit.

The Jim Burke Education Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization Tax ID # 77-0387337IRC.

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