The story of the Buck Scholars Association begins with the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation, a private foundation established in 1990 to enlarge the educational opportunities of Northern California youth.
Foster the personal and professional growth of the Frank H. Buck Scholars and expand educational opportunities for a new generation of extraordinarily promising Northern California youth.
In 2008, soon after the Foundation announced it would close, Scholars established the Buck Scholars Association as an independent non-profit organization to carry on the Buck educational legacy, improve opportunities for others, and cultivate a new generation of leaders.
In 2011, a group of Scholars developed the idea for establishing a mentoring program as a way to mobilize the talents and resources of the entire Buck community and continue the Buck educational legacy. After this idea received strong positive feedback from the community, BSA worked off and on for nearly three years to design the program and bring it to fruition. In 2014, BSA launched the Buck Fellows Program. Five high school sophomores from the Northern California area were selected by the BSA Board to be part of the inaugural Buck Fellows class.
As of 2017, the BSA has had four years of Buck Fellows and plans to select another cohort of Buck Fellows in 2018.