April 12, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

A special account has been established at the California State University, Bakersfield Foundation to accept donations for a John Horn educational fund.

Horn is the local high school student who has been in foster care for the last 10 years who appeared on the Dr. Phil Show Tuesday. He asked Dr. Phil McGraw, “How can I stop feeling alone and start trusting people?” He discovered that people do care.

Horn had applied to CSUB, and after evaluating his high school transcripts and his ACT score, the university admitted Horn for the fall quarter. Kendyl Magnuson, CSUB deputy admissions and records director, presented Horn his letter of acceptance and a CSUB sweatshirt on the show.

Since the show’s airing, CSUB administrators have had an outpouring of support for Horn from the community. A special account has been established, and those wishing to donate may send checks payable to the CSUB Foundation, with a notation that the gift is for the John Horn educational fund, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield 93311-1099.

“This community is so incredibly generous,” Magnuson said. “That’s one of the great things about Bakersfield is that people always come forward to help those who are less fortunate. I know that I speak for John when I say thank you to all those who have responded.”

Horn is planning to major in nursing, and eventually to become a lawyer and advocate for foster children.