Yasmine Arrington

Recognizing the need for greater financial assistance to students striving for excellence despite circumstances, Yasmine began ScholarChips, a organization to help kids of incarcerated parents pay for school.

Who She Is

As a result of being the child of an incarcerated parent who found little financial support and guidance during her college application process, Arrington created her own non-profit in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, called ScholarCHIPS.

The organization offers extensive college preparation programs and awards scholarships for children of incarcerated parents who are also high school graduating seniors planning to pursue a college education. In the past year ScholarCHIPS raised $15,000 and is granting a total of $11,000 in college scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year. Each year Arrington’s organization awards three new scholarships while renewing the scholarships of previous awardees. During her tenure as an undergraduate student, Arrington endeavors to conduct social research and create a documentary on the effects of the Prison Industrial Complex on minority families and the world at large.

She is currently a sophomore at Elon University in North Carolina majoring in History and Strategic Communications, with a minor in Human Services.  Immediately after completing her undergrad degree, she plans to do a dual program of Law and Divinity.