Nearly 50 scholarship recipients recently selected by the Give Something Back Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter gathered on the campus of the University of Delaware for an inaugural Fall Kickoff Event with their families, mentors, and friends of the foundation.
Give Back provides mentoring and scholarships to qualified kids of modest means so then can attend college and graduate in four years with no debt for tuition and fees or room and board.
Last spring, the foundation selected Pell Grant-eligible ninth-graders from across the state and has now begun the process of pairing these students with trained adult mentors to support them throughout high school. Upon graduation, these students attend Give Back’s partner college, the University of Delaware, on full scholarships.
According to Kelly Dun, executive director of Give Back’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Fall Kickoff Event celebrated the successes of the scholars who have worked hard all year to apply to this program.
“So many of these students have improved their grades significantly since learning they received scholarships last spring,” said Dun. “A big load has been lifted off their shoulders and now they can look forward to meeting their mentors, taking part in the many activities we have planned for them and getting the most out of their years in high school.”
The scholarships would not have been possible without the generosity of Bob Carr, founder of the Give Something Back Foundation and former CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, a Fortune 1000 company which was sold last spring.
“The support from Give Back provides bright, talented students with an opportunity to realize their dreams of graduating from college — an opportunity they would not likely have otherwise,” said Carr. “It’s an honor to help positively impact these young people by giving them more hope for a better life.”
Give Back requires scholarship recipients to maintain a 3.0 GPA, take college prep courses, and demonstrate admirable character. Upon high school graduation, these students must meet the standard admissions requirements of the University of Delaware.
Carr also hopes scholars will be inspired to pay the favor forward. “We want to help students realize their full potential and encourage them to give back in the future through their time or money,” he said. “That is the best way we can sustain this organization, and by the looks of the increasingly costly college tuition bills that put so many families into deep debt, this foundation needs to endure.”
To learn more about the Give Something Back Foundation, visit https://www.giveback.ngo/.