Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a vital partner to ScholarCHIPS’ work in providing college scholarships to students in the DC Metropolitan and Vicinity Area with incarcerated parents. Washington, DC is a city with one of the highest incarceration rates in the country and the United States alone houses roughly 25% of the world’s incarcerated. The United States incarcerates more persons than any country in the world! Therefore, there are presently over 2.7 million youth who have incarcerated parents and ScholarCHIPS, founded by Yasmine Arrington, is an effective solution-based approached to this crisis. Ben’s Chili Bowl helps ScholarCHIPS to continue it’s work by having provided the organization with grants and also with sponsoring our partner DC Half and Half annually! DC Half and Half, was co-founded by one of ScholarCHIPS’ board members, Chris Magnuson. DC Half and Half is one of the city’s newest and exciting marathons, where runners run half of a 13.5 marathon to Ben’s Chili Bowl and eat a half smoke and then run the rest of the race. This is always an exciting event! Proceeds from the marathon, also go towards ScholarCHIPS. To date ScholarCHIPS has 29 scholars and has awarded over $80,000 in college scholarships and book awards. We also provide our Annual College Life Skills Conference to our scholars and students in the community for free. Ben’s Chili Bowl’s grants have allowed us to continue to host this conference at no cost to the students or their families. On Saturday, June 18, 2016 ScholarCHIPS had its 5th Annual Awards Ceremony where we recognized our newest cohort of scholars and celebrated our first college graduates! Thanks to supporters like Ben’s Chili Bowl, the organization is flourishing and truly making an impact in DC! Additionally, Ben’s Chili Bowl has also been a sponsor for ScholarCHIPS Founder and Executive Director, Yasmine Arrington, who is Miss District of Columbia Plus America 2016! Thank you so much for supporting her, as she competes for the elite crown in the Miss Plus America Pageant in Dallas, Texas from June 29th-July 2nd, 2016!
I have attached our logo and a couple pictures from ScholarCHIPS’ 5th Annual Awards Ceremony (Photo Credit: sidneyandcompany.com)
ScholarCHIPS Social Media: Facebook.com/ScholarCHIPS, Twitter and Instagram @ScholarCHIPS
Links to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGfi5RZxKSw
Link to latest Washington Post Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/he-almost-missed-his-daughters-college-graduation-he-got-out-of-jail-just-in-time/2015/05/25/02003f3e-0233-11e5-8bda-c7b4e9a8f7ac_story.html
See ScholarCHIPS other Press Coverage: http://www.scholarchipsfund.org/#!petguide/cq2w