The Burleson Opportunity Fund is a scholarship program open to all high school graduates who live or attend school in Burleson, Texas. The ultimate goal of the Burleson Opportunity Fund is to provide every high school graduate from Burleson the opportunity to attain post-secondary education.
The Burleson Opportunity Fund was created with a mission to change the expectations of students, teachers, and parents to include the idea that all Burleson high school graduates will have the opportunity to attain higher education and to cultivate the economic development benefits of expanding the attainment of post-secondary degrees and career certifications.
Currently, the students of the Burleson Opportunity Fund have been eligible for up to 2 years, 100% tuition and fees scholarship to attend Hill College at Burleson. Funding is provided by many contributing partners, organizations, and individuals who are from Burleson or connect in some way.
History of the Fund
As part of the City of Burleson’s Strengthening Families Initiative, a group of individuals representing education, social service, city government, healthcare, and faith-based institutions met in early 2007 to brainstorm ways the Burleson community could better serve families, children, and youth. One idea discussed was the creation of an endowment which would provide Burleson graduates greater access to post-secondary education.
In order for a scholarship fund to make a substantial impact on the community as a whole, however, it would have to open the doors of higher education to a significant portion of the population that would not otherwise continue their education beyond high school.
Building an endowment to pay four years’ tuition for every Burleson graduate may be out of reach for now, however, it is well within our community’s current capacity to ensure that far more of our young adults quickly transition from high school to higher education. Hill College, a comprehensive community college, recently established a campus in the City of Burleson. With tuition to Hill College being economical, it is possible to build a scholarship fund that would guarantee two years’ tuition to every Burleson graduate who wanted to attend.