Breaking the Cycle

ScholarCHIPS holds several fundraising events throughout the year, including auctions, benefit concerts and wine tastings. Additionally, it participates in several conferences related to children of incarcerated parents and reentry programs.

To date, ScholarCHIPS has awarded more than $30,000 to 17 scholars. Arrington’s mission is to increase that number each year in hopes that more youth will realize that college can be a reality for them. 

   ScholarCHIPS being presented a $10,000 match grant by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Photo credit: Sidney & Company

ScholarCHIPS being presented a $10,000 match grant by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Photo credit: Sidney & Company

“When my scholars graduate, they’re breaking the cycles of intergenerational incarceration and poverty that continues to affect predominantly black and low-income communities,” Arrington said. “If given a chance, they can make some very positive, transformative decisions of their own. ScholarCHIPS is not only impacting individuals but their families, communities and ultimately, the nation.”

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