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If you are in need of a laptop, printer, school supplies, or someone to provide an encouraging voice for your college career, apply for our Annual College Bound award and join the fun!

Application Guidelines:

1. A former foster youth (AB12 youth also) between 18 – 26 years old or in their senior year of high school.

2. Enrolled at least part-time 6 units at a four-year/two-year college for Summer/Fall

3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for high school graduate or continuing student

4. Attached all required documents under “attachments” on College Bound application.


Submit a complete College Bound application on time no later than May 1, 2017.

If you are a high school senior graduating in 2017 and will be attending a community college or four year university you can APPLY!



Contact Michelle Rios, Youth Services Coordinator
Phone: 619-683-9340 ext. 27

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How It Works

Application. To qualify for College Bound, a former foster youth must:


a) Be enrolled in a two-year or four-year college program

b) Through a JIT Login complete a College Bound Application

c) Submit a written essay answering ALL questions below (1 page, 12-point font, Times New Roman, standard paragraphing)

1. What are your educational and career goals and what steps are you taking to reach them?

2. What challenge(s) have you overcome in the pursuit of your educational and career goals and what have you learned in

overcoming these challenges?

3. What possible challenges/obstacles do you foresee in your educational goals? How are you equipped to deal with them?

d. Attach the following documents to your application

1. Above essay

2. Transcripts (for high school graduate OR continuing student)

3. Current class schedule

4. FASFA completion form

Program staff review the applications to ensure they are complete and then distributes them to members of the selection committee, who independently rate each application and make the final award decision. Based on the recipients’ equipment requests, the program staff determine the specific resources to be provided.

Participation in Other JIT Programs. Awardees are given an overview of all JIT programs and commit to participate in the Financial Fitness program and the resources of JIT Coaches. We monitor youth progress through formal and informal methods.

Evaluation. Follow-up information is solicited from each College Bound youth annually via an online survey.

Award Process. Awards are based on: Timely and complete applications (which includes completing the required essay using the format guideline provided).


  • Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 10:00a.m. -1:00p.m.

Location: TBD


  • Date: June 17, 2017

Time: 10:00a.m. -3:00p.m.

Location: TBD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is College Bound?


College Bound is Just In Time’s award to 1st year or returning college students. Participants can be awarded with a laptop, printer, and also a stipend to go shopping for school supplies. Another feature of College Bound is the opportunity to build relationships and connections with coaches that can offer assistance during a participants transition into college.

When does College Bound take place?

College Bound is a two-day event and participants that are awarded must attend both dates in order to be eligible to receive College Bound. College Bound is usually held the first and third Saturday in June and this year will be held on June 4th, 2016 and June 18th, 2016. However please see program coordinator for specific dates and times.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive College Bound?

To be eligible to receive College Bound participants must be former foster youth between the ages of 17-26. AB12 youth can also apply. Enrolled at least part-time 6 units at a four-year/two-year college for Summer/FallC. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for high school graduate or continuing student. Attached all required documents under “attachments” on College Bound application. Submit a complete College Bound application on time no later than May 1, 2016. If you are a high school senior graduating in 2016 and will be attending a community college or four-year university you can APPLY!

When is the deadline to apply?

Application deadline is May 1, 2016.

When will I hear if I have been awarded College Bound?

A Program Coordinator will contact you by May 1


Just in Time’s impact comes from a Theory of Change based on more than a decade of hands-on experience and our research-based approach to developing services that “move the needle” for the youth we serve.


One major driver of durable impact is helping young people define and become invested in their own self-sufficiency and path to success by attaining the education needed to support their aspirations.

Historically, while 70% of former foster youth aspire to go to college, only 10% attend college, and only 1-3% actually graduate.

The impact of College Bound on this statistics has significantly increased over the past ten years as JIT has continued to refine the program. In fact, JIT College Bound 2015 class had the most youth participants in its 13-year history.

Below is a chronological breakdown of participant success rates and outcomes in three groups that reflect the key phases of the program’s evolution: 

2006-2008, 54 total participants:

Represents the earliest stages of College Bound when the numbers were smaller and the emphasis was on education resources for students entering College, with less capacity to drive graduation rates.  There are currently 24 College graduates in this cohort, with 8 going on to graduate school. 

2009-2011, 154 total participants:

These were transition years of greater outreach and the beginning of an increased focus on graduation rates and lasting connections. There are 62 graduates in this cohort, with another 41 still enrolled. 

2012-2015, 230 total participants:

Represents the latest College Bound cohorts that have the full benefit of a relationship driven model of support with outcomes based on enrollment rather than graduation rates for students who haven’t had the time to reach that level. There are already 22 graduates in this cohort.

Collectively, this means College Bound has served 438 transitioning youth, with 70% either graduated or still enrolled in school.  That now includes 108 college graduates, up from 65 a year ago.

In fact, College Bound has been so successful that JIT launched our Master Your Dreams initiative in 2014 that supplies financial assistance to those who are going on the graduate school.

The impact of College Bound is clear, measurable and extraordinary.

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Just In Time is Proud to have these College Bound Sponsors:


College Bound Partners

College Bound

College Bound Luncheon 2017 – June 3, 2017

College Bound Awards – June 17, 2017

JIT Scholarships

Master Your Dream Scholarship (Graduate College)
Learning To Succeed Program (Undergrad / Graduate College)





















Thank You To Our Major Investors

The Moxie Foundation Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Livingston Family Foundation

Farrell Family Foundation

US Bank

The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation

Ashford University

Scott A. & Elizabeth V. Christensen Foundation

Crevier Family Foundation

Goldberg Charitable Trust

Nordson Foundation

Joe & Mary Ellen Jordan

Banner Bank

Gillian & George Percy

Risk Management Association

Cox Cares Foundation

San Marcos Community Foundation

Managed Solution

Rivkin Family Fund I at the San Diego Foundation