Burton Foundation Will Fund Two Free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps For Juniors and Seniors

Posted by Communications on 4/12/2018

At this year’s Foundation Scholarship Dinner, Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation were recognized for their generous contributions to Phoenix Union. Among those were Flash-funding for club requests through Support My Club, ACT Prep Boot Camps and a college exploration trip for 30 students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Ms. Burton is at it again.  The Foundation is funding two free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps for rising juniors and those seniors wishing to improve on their ACT test scores for very select schools. The three-day camps will be at Metro Tech and Trevor Browne this summer.   The donation will cover instructional stipends, materials and food for 270 students. 

The camps will also utilize up to 18 Phoenix Union students who have scored well on ACT (28 or above) to serve as Peer Tutors, and in return, the Burton Foundation, through the Arizona Community Foundation, will provide up to $36,000 to cover “gap scholarships” for those tutors.  A “gap” scholarship is funding for personal expenses such as travel, equipment like a laptop, and other indirect costs not covered by the university.

Finally, the Burton Family Foundation has donated $64,144 to cover the cost of 45 students and three chaperones on a six-day Historically Black Colleges and Universities tour over fall break.  The students will visit Bowie State In Maryland,  Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hampton University and Norfolk State in Virginia, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T, and Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta. Selected students must also attend an ACT Boot Camp and an additional college prep event.  The tour is organized by the Phoenix Union Black Alliance.

With the gap scholarship assistance for Peer Tutors, that contribution could climb over $126,000.

And for good measure, Bioscience is hosting its first annual Dollars for Scholars Celebration, April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for its seniors, and the Burtons have agreed to match any donation made.