Higher education and vocational trades serve as required resources that create pathways for incarcerated youth to reenter society. This Prison to College Pipeline (P2CP) serves as a form of social justice equalizing the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges for minority and poverty-stricken incarcerated youth.


This Pathway to Prevention program initiates a vision for change for young adults. Participants will acquire confident decision making skills through educational options, and progressive problem solving skills through workforce training.  Youth who complete the Pathway to Prevention scholarship program will contribute back to humanity while serving as mentoring models to young men, women, boys, and girls creating a bridge back into the community. The Bridge transitional housing facilities will help youth build resources; implement development, growth, and education upon release. Youth who navigate across The Bridge can reenter the world in a restored position, make a positive impact in society, and bring visibility to their experiences in a professional, real-world, and healing environment. 

Scholarship Details:

The P(RE)P Scholarship provides partial tuition, room/board, books, and other exceptional learning experiences over four years to an accredited college, university, or trade school. P(RE)P will attract candidates from all backgrounds that have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, or a vocational trade in spite of many personal, socioeconomic obstacles, including incarceration, poverty, and homelessness. P(RE)P scholars are diligent, resilient and modeled individuals who want to make positive contributions as they reenter back into their communities. P(RE)P is a pathway for incarcerated youth to follow their educational and career goals while serving as models to youth who face similar disparities. P(RE)P will help bridge the gap to reentry, creating a Prison to College Pipeline (P2CP) for incarcerated youth while developing resources and life skills that will help prevent recidivism.

Below is the selection criteria and specific standards used to identify qualified applicants. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Ex or Current Incarcerated Youth

  • US citizen or Permanent Resident

  • High school seniors, High School Diploma/GED, undergraduate (2 year or 4 year) college students, and students in vocational or trade schools

  • 25 years old or younger

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

  • Financial need (*)

Essay Requirements

How would attending College or Vocational Trade school serve as a pathway for you to reenter back into society and prevent you from returning back to an unsuccessful lifestyle and/or prison? 

  • Length requirement: 2 typed pages (at least 500 words)

  • 12 Point Font Size

  • Times New Roman Font

  • Double Spaced

  • Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020

  • Application Opens: January 1st 2020

Award provisions and restrictions

  • Number of scholarships awarded per year is based on available funds (or until funds are depleted).

  • Letter of acceptance to an accredited college, university, or vocational trade school

    • Full-time attendance.

  • Personal interview.

  • Letter of reference from High school or College Teacher

  • Student Essay

    • Student Essay on How attending College or Vocational Trade school will serve as a Pathway to Prevention

  • Copy of High school diploma, GED, or College Transcript ( If applicable)

  • (*) Completed FAFSA on file.

  • Serve as a mentor to future P(RE)P candidates/and or recipients.