Though she searched for financial aid to support her college education, Yasmine Arrington couldn’t find a scholarship program for a student like her – a teen with an incarcerated parent. Therefore, she created ScholarCHIPS, which today supports some 30 motivated young people each year. High school guidance counselors help identify applicants and selected scholars receive annual support – renewable $2,500 scholarships and $250 book awards for up to four years if they maintain good academic standing. ScholarCHIPS also provides one-on-one mentoring, professional development workshops, and a support network designed to help scholars persist in school and graduate. Remarkably, at least 90% of them do, overcoming the financial barriers and social stigma that so many children of incarcerated parents experience. Your support gives these scholars a fighting chance at going to and succeeding in college – and at the lifelong benefits that brings.

COVID-19 Update: Successfully pivoting to 100% virtual programming for its one-on-one mentor and mentee orientations, annual college readiness workshops for first-year student scholars, annual awards ceremony, town hall sessions for scholars, and more, ScholarCHIPS has continued to empower its youth to attend and graduate college in this most challenging of years.

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