Give Something Back

Providing mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant-eligible students go to college and graduate in four years, debt free.

We’re not changing the world, just the lives of as many kids as we can.

— Bob Carr, founder of Give Something Back Foundation

Give Something Back Foundation awards scholarships to students of modest means (Pell Grant eligible). The foundation’s GSBF Media publishes books and websites that inspire low-income students and provide a blueprint for scholarship programs. We offer resources to help all students become financially literate and navigate the complexities of funding a college education.

We believe a college education will help students realize their full potential. By providing scholarships for tuition, room and board, we help students avoid steep college loan debt that has become a national crisis.

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Working with teachers, school administrators and community organizations, we identify 9th graders who show academic promise but because of their family’s financial resources may not consider college an achievable option.

We then pair selected students with our trained adult mentors who help prepare them academically and socially for the rigors of a four-year university.

Once the students reach their senior year of high school, the foundation assists them with the application process through one of our partner colleges and universities. Selected students receive a college education, at no cost for tuition or room and board. Students continue their relationship with the foundation during their four years of college.

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Through the Fires

An American Business Story of Turbulence, Triumph and Giving Back.

Robert Owen Carr with Dirk Johnson

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I definitely wouldn’t be [in college] otherwise. It’s not only the money for the scholarship, because I could NEVER have afforded this. It’s having GSBF be so personable. They genuinely care about me. They check in on me. I have someone rooting for me! And I will give back, that is the biggest thing.”
– A GSBF Scholar

Mentors are Integral to Our Scholarship Program.

We are now accepting applications for
mentors in DE, NJ and IL.
Find out more here.

To apply online as a mentor in Delaware, click here.
To apply online as a mentor in Illinois, click here.
To apply online as a mentor in New Jersey, click here.

Contact Us

Illinois residents, please contact the Illinois office. New Jersey and Delaware residents, please contact the New Jersey/Delaware office.

Illinois Office
The Give Something Back Foundation, Inc
16614 W. 159th Street, Suite 301, Lockport, Illinois 60441
Phone: 815.834.8400 | Fax: 815.834.8403 | Email Us


New Jersey/Delaware Office
The Give Something Back Foundation, Inc
43 South Main Street, Pennington NJ 08534
Phone: 609.281.5749 Fax: 609.281.5316 | Email: Email Us

Parents of 9th graders in Delaware and New Jersey:

Learn about an exciting college scholarship opportunity available to you NOW!

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