Amplify Scholars: The iMentor-KIPP Scholarship Program

We are inspired by this generation of young people—by their idealism, their moral clarity, and their sense of urgency. To support these leaders of tomorrow, iMentor and KIPP are partnering to create an annual scholarship that will help amplify their voices as they embark on the college journey.

About the Scholarship

We will select 15 outstanding KIPP graduates to join the Amplify Scholars Program. iMentor will work closely with KIPP Through College staff to ensure scholars are building the knowledge and skills to thrive in college and beyond.

Amplify Scholars will receive:

  • Stipends for critical expenses outside of tuition and room & board.
  • A one-on-one mentor who will support them through their educational and professional pathways.
  • An invitation to Amplify Scholars Academy, a 3-day retreat

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day retreat will be a virtual academy until further notice.

Meet the 2020 Class of Amplify Scholars

Adrian Hernandez Becerra
Read More

Adrian Hernandez Becerra

Colgate University

KIPP Texas – Austin Alumnus

Adrian is an alum of KIPP Austin Brave High School in Austin, Texas. He aspires to become a Biomedical Engineer, but for the time being will focus on Computer Science at Colgate University. He is proud to be the first in his family to attend a four-year university.

Nicole Beckles
Read More

Nicole Beckles

Franklin & Marshall College

KIPP SoCal – LA Alumna

Nicole is a KIPP SoCal alumna. She will be attending Franklin & Marshall College where she is excited to study psychology with the goal of becoming an adolescent therapist. She is interested in joining the school’s Black Student Union and acapella group on campus. She loves to sing, write poems, and dance. In high school, she was the co-leader of the African American Association and the African American Mentoring Program. She played varsity basketball all 4 years and was captain for 3 of those years.

Kenan Blakey
Read More

Kenan Blakey

Georgetown University

KIPP Kansas City Alumnus

Kenan was born and raised in Kansas City and attended Rockhurst High School where he was the president of the French Club, captain of the speech and debate team, and member of the National Honors Society. During his high school career, he was a two-time state finalist in speech and debate, and qualified for three different national tournaments. He plans to pursue degrees in French and Korean with hopes of becoming a translator and immigrant lawyer.

Dorise Clark
Read More

Dorise Clark

KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumna

Dorise is a KIPP Delta alumna and a graduate of her local community college, Phillips Community College at the University of Arkansas, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Biology. During her time in High School, Dorise held several leadership positions, including serving as Class President and Captain of the Volleyball team. Dorise has received recognition for her academic success, including receiving the Beyond Z Award, and being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at her local Community College. Outside of school, Dorise is involved in a mentorship program for teens called Daughters Pursuing Destiny, which focuses on encouraging teenage girls to become closer to God and to pursue their destinies. Dorise intends to become an OB/GYN and looks forward to giving back to her community by opening up her own practice and providing a safe place for youth and for pregnant women who want to stay active through opening up a local gym.

Yulianna Estrada
Read More

Yulianna Estrada

Boston University

KIPP SoCal Public Schools – LA Alumna

Yulianna is an alumna of KIPP LA Prep and Boyle Heights STEM Magnet High School in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. She enjoys running, staying involved in her community, and robotics. She dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer and hopes to one day get her PhD in the field. One of Yulianna’s proudest high school achievements was receiving the Excellence in Youth Leadership Award for creating the first STEM program at her local YMCA, and helping that program branch out to different sites in her community.

Salvador Gloria-Moreno
Read More

Salvador Gloria-Moreno

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Austin Alumnus

Born in Austin, Texas, Salvador is a KIPP Austin collegiate who plans on majoring in Biology and with aspirations to pursue a doctoral degree to become a research professor. In addition to loving art and science, he believes education is a significant factor in people’s lives that can help express creativity, innovation, individuality, and help bring great contributions to the world, something which no one should be deprived of. His experiences as the National Honor Society’s Treasurer, Science National Honor Society member, Art Club president, and KIPP Austin Steel Drum Band’s drum major allowed him to gain a sense of leadership and understanding during his time in high school, which he plans to use to make an impact on the world.

Samantha Moreno
Read More

Samantha Moreno

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston Alumna

Samantha is a KIPP Generations Collegiate alumna. While at KIPP, she was top 10% of her class while holding leadership positions in several extracurricular activities. She served as the captain of her Cheerleading team, Softball team and President of the National Honor Society. In her free time, she enjoys photography, singing and spending time with family outdoors. She aspires to major in nursing and become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She is passionate about advocating for her community and plans to commit to bettering the future of medical sciences.

Angela Lopez-Albarran
Read More

Angela Lopez-Albarran

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Austin Alumna

Angela is a KIPP Austin Collegiate alumna. For the past three years, she has advocated for healthy relationships and provided resources for those who are experiencing an unhealthy relationship. She is an advocate within her community through participating in Changing Lives Youth Theater Ensemble: a nonprofit theater program. Through this program, she has been able to teach over 3,000 students around the Austin area about the signs of a healthy and unhealthy relationship as well as hone her skills as a public speaker. She is passionate about becoming an epidemiologist which will allow her to continue to inform her community, conduct research, and influence health policy to ensure that underrepresented groups have access to high-quality health care.

Isaiah Griffith
Read More

Isaiah Griffith

University of Maryland College Park

KIPP Baltimore Alumnus

Isaiah is a KIPP Baltimore alum and graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. He intends to major in Biology with dreams of pursuing a career in medicine. While in high school he was the co-founder and president of the Black Awareness club and was a member of the National Honors Society and student council.

Keenia Mata
Read More

Keenia Mata

UC Berkeley

KIPP SoCal Public Schools – LA Alumna

Keenia is a KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory and Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School alumna. She plans on majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish in order to give back to her community of Boyle Heights by advocating for mental health resources and by fighting the negative stigma that surrounds mental health especially in the Latinx community. She aspires to be a Neuroscience researcher or a Neurosurgeon. During her time in high school, she was the President of her school’s National Honor Society and Lead in the Gender Sexuality Alliance Club. She is also a recipient of the College Board AP Scholar Award.

Maya Savoy
Read More

Maya Savoy

Montclair State University

KIPP DC Public Schools Alumna

A DC native, Maya attended KIPP DC College Preparatory. It is there where she found her love for acting and writing through the musical theater program. She aspires to major in Mass Communications and minor in Theatre at Montclair State University in order to pursue a career as a journalist while still being involved in the theater world. Her love for writing stems from her desire to inform people about what currently affects our society and the steps we can take in order to solve them. During her time in high school, she joined the student government and took on a major role as the first freshman president, all while acting in all of the school productions. She was voted “Most Spirited”, was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the dual enrollment program at Trinity University and was a National Thespian Society recipient. Outside of school, she has spent time as a participant and group staff camp counselor for Stem Exelon.

Osvaldo Soto
Read More

Osvaldo Soto

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston Alumnus

Osvaldo is a KIPP Northeast College Preparatory alumnus. He is eager to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field and discover new passions in life while attending University of Texas at Austin. While in high school, Osvaldo attended annual Math Bowls held by KIPP schools and was a part of the Accenture Business Club, which has greatly shaped his leadership skills.

Jaylin Stinson
Read More

Jaylin Stinson

Franklin & Marshall College

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools Alumnus

Jaylin is a KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy alumnus in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jaylin has a deep interest in space, which fuels his desire to study physics and astronomy at Franklin & Marshall College with the hopes of becoming an astronomer or astrophysicist one day. Jaylin is incredibly proud of his academic accomplishments at KIPP DuBois despite various challenges along his journey, and he hopes to be a role model for others as they pursue their dreams.

Martin Ta
Read More

Martin Ta

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston Alumnus

Martin is a KIPP Texas Collegiate and KIPP Houston High School alum. He intends to major in mechanical engineering and is eager to be involved in cultural organizations, art clubs, and STEM clubs in college. During high school, Martin was an 11th grade student government representative and Senior Class President. He was also involved in the Robotics Club and cultural events such as Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. In the summer of 2019, he participated in the Georgetown Summer Immersion Program which prepared him for college applications and campus life. Outside of school, he is involved in his community through volunteer events and his Vietnamese youth group.

Demitra Theard
Read More

Demitra Theard

Colorado Mesa University

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumna

Demi is a KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy alumna. She plans to major in elementary education with an emphasis in English and minor in Music History. She is eager to become active in her school’s community and volunteer her time at homeless shelters, food banks, and child education centers. While in high school, she completed over 200 hours of community service and played on the Volleyball Team. She was also an intern and camp teacher at The Greenway Foundation’s summer camps and devoted her time to educating children about the environment.

Ideal Candidates

Selected scholars should demonstrate the following qualities based on iMentor’s core values:

  • Belief in the power of relationships: Demonstrated through experiences with mentoring, community building, or extracurricular opportunities.
  • Leadership: Ability to inspire and lead others to action.
  • Excellence: A record of academic achievement – GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Perseverance: Resilience and grit in the face of challenges.
  • Civic Mindedness: Commitment to helping others and the larger world.

Meet Previous Amplify Scholars

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 class of Amplify Scholars are closed. Applications for the 2021 class will launch in Fall 2020.

About iMentor

iMentor partners with public high schools across the country to  match students who are first generation college-goers with a college-educated mentor. This 1:1 mentor relationship focuses on college persistence and success. Students in the iMentor program graduate college at nearly double the rate of their peers. They also develop powerful personal relationships with mentors, develop the skills and mindsets necessary for post-secondary success, and build strong links between high school performance, post-secondary pursuits, and their highest career aspiration. Since 1999, iMentor has supported 29,000 mentoring relationships. This year, iMentor will serve 8,411 students in 17 communities throughout the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Amplify Scholars will receive stipends to cover critical expenses including school year support and technology costs associated with summer enrichment opportunities.

  • Graduating KIPP seniors from all KIPP regions, including from our KIPP and Non-KIPP high schools, are welcome to apply. Ideal candidates should demonstrate iMentor’s core values, listed above.

  • We encourage applicants to make sure their application and essays demonstrate their leadership and civic mindedness in high school.

  • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, October 22, 2019 through Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT.

  • No. 8th grade completers (KIPP middle school graduates) can also apply.

  • No. This program is only open to high school seniors, not KIPP alumni.

  • Yes! We encourage you to apply. Your citizenship status will not be taken into consideration during the selection process.

  • Yes. We require two references for this scholarship. Recommenders will be asked to submit a short letter by Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT.

  • We will inform all candidates about selection by email in April 2020.

  • If you have any other questions, feel free to email Claire Godwin at cgodwin@kipp.org.