The Josh Childress Foundation Scholarship

Supporting student athletes at Mayfair High School

The Josh Childress Foundation has a strong commitment to improving the lives of youth. Through family, my commitment to education and athletics, I was able to live out my dreams and create new opportunities. A child cannot help the circumstances into which they are born, but a community can help uplift and encourage a child to become the best version of themselves. I want students to know that anything is possible and I believe that I have a civic and social responsibility to utilize my resources and influence to make the world a better place for the youth. The Josh Childress Foundation Scholarship was created to empower Mayfair High School student athletes to continue to strive for excellence on and off the court or field. – Josh Childress

What is the award?

The Josh Childress Foundation Scholarship aims to recognize student athletes at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California and support their college education. Two one-time awards of $10,000 will be offered annually to newly graduating Mayfair seniors who are accepted to a 2 year or 4 year university or trade school.

Who is eligible for the award?

The one-time $10,000 award is open to graduating Mayfair High School student athletes that have been admitted to a 2 or 4 year university or trade school; One female student athlete and one male student athlete will be chosen.

When are applications due?
Applications have closed for the 2022 round of scholarships. Please check back in March 2023.
How can I apply?

Please follow these steps in order to apply:

  1. Click here to visit the online application portal.
  2. Create a login account.
  3. Complete the online application. Please note you can save a draft of your application and return at a later time before officially submitting it.
Who selects the awardees?

Awardees will be selected by the following committee of Mayfair High School Alumni:

Josh Childress — Class of 2001. Following a stellar high school career, Josh attended Stanford University where he graduated with a BA in Sociology. Josh spent 15 years as a professional basketball player in the NBA, Greece, Australia and Japan. In 2010, Josh founded the Josh Childress Foundation (JCF) to provide mentorship and resources to high school and collegiate athletes. He also established and funded the Josh Childress Athletic Scholarship at Stanford University, Stanford’s first ever summer studies scholarship, allowing student athletes the opportunity to continue their degree pursuits in the summer. Upon retirement in 2019, Josh Co-Founded Landspire Group, an Orange County based real estate investment firm to further his commitment to community development and expand investment platforms for people of color. In 2022, Josh was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Edwin Draughan — Class of 2001. Following a stellar high school career, Edwin played basketball for Yale University and graduated with a BA in American Studies. After playing professional basketball for 10 years in Switzerland, France and Hungary, Edwin founded a wealth management firm that cultivates the financial well-being of professional athletes. Having earned his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business, Edwin is now a Vice President at Park Lane, a boutique investment bank with a sports focus based in Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Bonds— Class of 2000. After a standout career at Mayfair High School, Jeff attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. While being a member of the men’s basketball team for four years, he earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Management. In 2016, Jeff was inducted into the Cal Poly Pomona Hall of Fame. After a 10 year professional basketball career in England, Spain, Germany, Finland and Austria, Jeff decided to become a life coach, transitioning into a high school and community college counselor. Jeff earned his Master of Science in Educational Counseling with a PPSC Credential, and currently works at Foothill High School and Orange Coast College.

2022 scholarship applications have closed. Check back in March 2023.