The Bobby Edd Penson Fund
The Penson Fund provides financial assistance to youth who have aged out of foster care, to cover everyday expenses – both expected and unexpected – while attending school.
To receive assistance through the Penson Fund, youth must be:
- Aged out of foster care
- Ages 18 – 21 years
- Enrolled at university/college, community college or a vocational program
How it works
Like AFFCF’s general awards, you must submit an application along with the required documentation (see below). Once an application is submitted, the AFFCF awards committee will review it. All payments are made payable to the vendor or reimbursed for purchases made AFTER the request has been approved. No funds are available for purchases that have been made before an application is submitted and approved. Required documentation includes the following:
- Documenation of enrollment in post-secondary college or accredited vocational training program or most current grades report. (Determines eligibility only. Awards are not based on grades.)
- Completion of the AFFCF budget planner. A new budget is required annually.
- Documentation that the youth was a ward of the court at age 18. For youth who have signed a voluntary agreement, the youth’s caseworker will be contacted.
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about the pensons
Bob and Mary Ann Penson learned about AFFCF at a fundraising breakfast back in 2009. Over time, their interest in helping children in foster care, particularly those aging out of care, grew stronger. The idea for the Bobby Edd Penson Award Fund was born of Bob and Mary Ann’s desire to help those youth who aged out of foster care and who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program.
When Bob and Mary Ann met, he worked for Lockheed as an airplane mechanic. They married and moved to California, where Bob joined the sheet metal union as a journeyman and worked for 10 years. The couple bought an awning shop in Lakeport, CA and eventually started building houses. In the last 15 years of his career, Bob was a contractor, buying land, building houses and selling them. Mary Ann was a teacher for many years.
Bob Penson passed away on April 14, 2016.
The Bobby Edd Penson Award Fund was created to help young men and women aging out of foster care find their successful future. The Pensons’ wish is that youth will have the training and support they need to excel in their chosen vocation – CNAs, barbers, nursery school teachers, hair stylists and more.
Through the Penson Fund, AFFCF can assist even more youth aging out of foster care to create better futures for themselves. We are grateful to Bob and Mary Ann for their dedication to serving youth in foster care and are proud to share their legacy through this extraordinary gift.