Scholarship Fund

Will you help send a YFT graduate to college?
Please consider donating to the Gary L. Jones Scholarship Fund.

In June, several of our boys and girls will graduate from the YFT high school program and have many have aspirations to continue their education at an accredited college, university, or other approved training program. For many of our graduates this is only made possible with a scholarship award from the Gary L. Jones Scholarship Fund.

To date the fund has sent over 150 YFT graduates on to college and trade schools!

Our kids largely come from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need. While they are in our program we help them heal and recover from lives of abuse and neglect.  For so many of our children YFT is their family, the first place they have felt safe and known love.  With the love and guidance they receive at YFT they now have hope for their future.  We need to ensure that every YFT graduate has the opportunity to continue their education and prepare for their future. They need our support as they move on into their adult lives.

More about the Gary L. Jones Scholarship Fund

The fund was established in 2003 through the generous leadership gift of $ 500,000 from Mr. Bob Wiser with a subsequent gift of $ 100,000 from Mr. Wiser and Mr. Bill Hazel.

These funds are placed in a restricted endowment fund and are permanently restricted for the purpose of providing scholarship funds to boys and girls who have met the eligibility requirements established by the Scholarship Committee.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, and remain academically and socially in good standing to receive scholarship awards.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible.  

Youth For Tomorrow has received the exceptional 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

2016 YFT Graduation Ceremony – Remarks from YFT Board President, Susan LaPierre

Good morning, graduates, parents, family members, friends. 

What a truly special day this is! I am so honored to be here to share it with you – especially you graduates.  I am so proud of you! 

As President of the Board of Trustees of Youth For Tomorrow, I lead a very special group of volunteers -- business and community leaders.  Together, we help make sure that the staff, buildings, resources and funds are available to support the success of every student who comes here. 

And while these things are necessary, our most important job is that we care deeply about each and every one of you students. You may not have known it, but the YFT Board of Trustees has been cheering for you, praying for you, celebrating your accomplishments and wanting the very best for you – all the while you have been here. 

It’s amazing to think that this is our 30th high school commencement.  As you graduate today, you are following in the footsteps of hundreds of young men and women just like you who have moved on from this campus to lead wonderful, successful lives. 

Today, we honor and celebrate each one of you.  You have done something great.  I’ll say that again.  You have each done something very great. 

You have earned a high school diploma, you have earned your G.E.D. and that is no small thing.  It is a great accomplishment. 

We celebrate with you, just as so many of us here have shared in your accomplishments – teachers and administrators and staff, house parents and counselors and mentors, and family members and friends.

They deserve their share of congratulations and thanks. 

I want to take this moment to ask all Youth For Tomorrow staff to stand and be recognized.   

As good as they are, and as much effort as they put forth to help you, in the end YOU did it.  You are graduates.  You are special.  You are great. 

As you move on from Youth For Tomorrow, please know that you will always be missed and always be loved.  No matter where you go, no matter how far you travel, you will always be from Youth for Tomorrow and always a part of our family. 

That makes you special.  It means you will be loved forever, and it calls upon you to share that love in your lives. Wake up every day -- every single day -- and think about your great success on this campus, and find a way to show someone else the love you’ve found here.  Every day. 

It could be as simple as sharing a smile with an elderly person, a pat on the back to a friend or a hug for someone having a bad day. 

Look around the room for a minute at your family, your friends and the YFT staff. 

No matter where you go, no matter what you do, all of us will always be here for you -- cheering for you; praying for you; celebrating your accomplishments; and wanting the very best for you. 

And, in life, if you ever should need us, we are always here to help you, support you and make sure you never fall down. 

So go from here and live greatly.  Love and laugh and learn and grow.  Be faithful and hopeful and loving.  Be great. 

I’d like to end with a Bible verse that’s from the book of Jeremiah; and, on the occasion of your graduation, it’s a blessing I offer for each of you.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.
Plans for you to prosper…plans for you to have hope and a future.
 

May these be yours, today and always. 

This is a joyful day.  Graduates, we love you, and we congratulate you!