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ScholarCHIPs-college funds for children of incarcerated parents


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ScholarCHIPS announces their kick off event set for Saturday, October 23. The Washington DC non profit is being created to help children of incarcerated parents afford a college education. Their goal is to raise enough money to award three $10,000 scholarships in the fall of 2011. ScholarCHIPS describes itself as a solution to a cyclical problem in an underserved population in DC.

The kick off event, which serves to inform the public of the organization’s mission and provide opportunities for community support, will be from 1-4pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 160 U St. NW — the corner of 2nd and U Street.

ScholarCHIPS encourages anyone interested to attend. The organization’s founders, students Yasmine Arrington and Niacka Carty, Aaron Jenkins of Operation Understanding, and Rev. Dr. Yvonne M. Cooper of Missing Link Ministry, will be speaking that afternoon to further explain the challenges children of incarcerated parents face.

“Teens with incarcerated parents. They fall into the same trap,” says Arrington. “They’ll end up in juvenile detention or they won’t have a desire to go to college.”

Attendees can also expect spoken word performances from additional students as well as refreshments. The criteria for the awards will be announced so even current students are invited to attend. Donations to ScholarCHIPS will be accepted that day but can also be made through the organization’s Facebook page or by contacting


  • At the present time there are no scholarships available for teens with incarcerated parents in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia area)
  • In DC, 50% of high school students graduate and only 15% of those students attend college
  • The average age of children with an incarcerated parent is eight years old
  • Most children with incarcerated parents live in poverty before, during, and after their parents’ incarceration

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  1. Rhonda Douglas said on May 16, 2011:

    Hello, my son will be going to college in the Fall 2011, and we are searching for scholarships for him. His father has been incarcerated for most of his life, could you please give a website where we may apply for college scholarships.

    Thank you

  2. Jacob Phillips said on May 17, 2011:

    My mother is currently incarcerated, I will be a senior next year. Could you please e-mail me or comment back with the website I may apply at.
    Thank You,
    Jacob Phillips

  3. Mary Evangeliste said on May 19, 2011:

    Hi Rhonda and Jacob,
    Thank you so much for your interest!
    Fearless Future is in the process of creating the website for ScholarCHIPS and it will be up by end of June 2011. Until then please email us at

  4. sapphire davis said on October 4, 2011:

    Hi, Im a senior in highschol right now looking to go to college next fall and my father has been incarcerated my entire life. he’s been an absent figure in my life and i was looking for some financial help. any advice would be much appreciated.

  5. Mary Evangeliste said on October 4, 2011:

    Hi Sapphire
    Please write us at so that we will have your name and contact information. For the next three years 2012-2015 SC will be giving awards in the DC/VA/MD area after that we plan to go nationwide.

  6. Jennifer Grant said on January 12, 2012:

    My son is in his freshman year of college and is in need desperately for financial assistance. I lost my job 12/2010 and have since been unemployed, my son’s father is incarcerated, leaving no money available to contribute to his education. can anyone point me to anyone who can help My son is enrolled at Coastal Carolina University for Marine Science.

    Thank you!

  7. Cierra Mosley said on February 2, 2012:

    Hi, I am a senior in high school now who is looking forward to attending college in the fall 2012. My father has been incarcerated for almost all of my life. In and out of jail and my mother has been laid off due to the job cuts with the government and my dream is to go to college and become a Pharmacist. If there is any way possible that someone can help me, or contact me back, i would greatly appreciate it.

  8. Mary Evangeliste said on February 6, 2012:

    Hello Jennifer and Cierra,

    If you live or know anyone with an incarcerated parent who lives in the DC/ VA/MD area please tell them to apply for scholarship by Feb 15th. If you do not live in these areas please check in your local area if there is any scholarship like ours. We just became aware of an organization in St. Louis, Missouri called Ava’s Grace
    This scholarship application is due April 15th.

  9. Tyler Gaddis said on March 4, 2012:

    Please send me an application both of my parents are in prison I will be starting collece this fall I have been accepted and need financial help.

    Thank you

  10. Brandon Schneider said on March 13, 2012:

    I learned that it is possible for someone to get a scholarship for having a parent that is or has been incarcerated. I never neew my dad but my mom has told me he has been to jail and probably has been again since they got a divorce. What do I need to do to apply for this scholarship, because I could really use it? My mom is a single parent and we are barely able to scrape by on my sisters child-support from her dad. If anybody can find any information about this it would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Lurin Reynolds said on April 9, 2012:

    I’m the oldest of six children and one of my younger sister’s is going to start college in the fall. Our father has been incarcerated four twelve years. If you can please send information this it would be great thanks in advance.

  12. cheryl young said on August 26, 2012:

    I have three children whose father recently passed away in prison in March of 2012. They are all trying to remain in college. Is there anything out there for them? Grades are good.

  13. Andreka Shepherd said on August 26, 2012:


    I’m a student at Miami Dade Collage. My mother has been incarcerated for most of my life, I would say since I was four, and its been hard going from family member to family member. I’ve been living with my grandmother for a while, and its hard on her she’s unemployed and cant help much at all with my school funds from having to pay bills. My father, I know but he hasn’t been of any help in my pursuit of education. I desperately need income, I’m soon to be graduating by next spring with and A.A in nursing and going off to a university but I can not afford it. My future after I leave Miami Dade Collage is truthfully unknown. I couldn’t afford it when I left high school that’s why I went and enrolled in Miami Dade. I need help. I’ve been searching for some grants or scholarships but haven’t had much luck in my efforts. I really need as much help as possible. I’m unemployed as well so in all it adds to my daily struggles. I’m a mother of a deceased stillborn child and also a victim of a robbery and shooting. If anyone there can direct me in the right way to applying for grants or scholarships, sent applications anything I would really mean the world to me. My grades are good and my gpa at this point is at a 2.5.

  14. Christy said on September 10, 2012:

    I am trying to get help with paying my daughters college education. Her father has been incarcerated most of her life. She is a very good student with such a bright future. I just need helping finding organizations to help pay for her education. She will be graduating in 2013.
    Thanks so much for your help.

  15. Mary Evangeliste said on September 26, 2012:

    Hello to all who are interested in ScholarCHIPs. Fearless Future created the all of the branding and the first website for SC. The organization is up and running and you can connect with SC on facebook at and you can also email them at

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