Hard work, determination, and perseverance are a few of the words to describe how our achieving seniors rose to the top of their class. We are extremely proud of our Ford Dimension and Dream Builders who continue to receive full rides or significant scholarships to college.

Since 1988, the Jim Burke Ford Education Foundation has provided over $423,000 in scholarships for high school seniors.

Student Application Process

Typically approximately 185 students apply for the opportunity to represent the youth of our community on the Ford Dimension-Dream Builder student leadership board. The final selection of 32 achieving students is based on a point system involving the entire pool of candidates, not individual high schools. Some years there is not a representative from every school. In the case of a tie in points there will be a second interview. The final selection of student leaders will be announced in early May.

Program Application Timeline
2019 Student Leadership Application

Application Due mid January

 Second week of January:  Applications screened. Reference calls made.

 Third week of January: Announcement of 125 students selected for a personal interview.

 Late January – February: Candidate interviews at 17 high schools

 Early April: Ice Cream Social

 Early May: Announcement of new board members

Jim Burke Education Foundation History


In 2003, Ford Dimension Alumni along with the Jim Burke Education Foundation created the Dream Builders leadership program for achieving high school seniors. This year-long program focuses on civic responsibility, life skills, and leadership development through the creation of significant community service projects.  Since its inception Dream Builder student leaders have developed 57 civic projects.

More History!
Student Application Monday Meetings


Dream Builder and Ford Dimension students attend biweekly, Monday night meetings designed to develop leadership, character, communication and career building skills. Socktober (pictured above) is the kick-off meeting for their annual socks drive for the needy. 

Community and business leaders are a key part of most meetings. This year guest speakers will be Monsignor Craig Harrison, Police Chief Lyle Martin, physical fitness trainer Diana Mestmaker, educator Dr. Lakesha Ray as well as alumni Renee Massey, Katie Werdel and George Hay.

School Contacts


BCHS: Tiffani Alvidrez
BHS: Tiffany Alvidrez
Centennial: Andy Muro
East: Sylvia Hernandez
Foothill: Raelyn Ruffas
Frontier: JJ Conley
Garces: Denise Limi
Golden Valley: Patricia Janousek 
Highland:  Miguel Ramirez
Independence: Anna Calvillo 
Liberty: Brooke Slayton
Mira Monte: Esther Serrato
North: Danielle Farrell
Ridgeview: Sal Garcia
South: Irene Ramey
Stockdale:  Lisa Hance
West: Patti Coughlin


Over the past ten years the corporate-youth teams have developed service projects focusing on identified needs within our community. Jim Burke Education Foundation, making a difference!


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