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 hosted in New York City to build skills, connections, and community.

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 the 2019 Class of Amplify Scholars

Menes Allain, KIPP Philly
Menes Allain
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Menes Allain, KIPP Philly

Menes Allain

Temple University

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools Alumnus

Menes is a KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy alumnus. He intends to major in Architecture and continue on his path of strengthening the community he comes from by providing equitable housing and community developments. During his time in high school, he was the captain of the basketball team and was awarded the “Lion of the Month School Award.” He was also a member of the Student Council, Chess Club, and Gardening Club. Outside of school, Menes has been a Youth Development Coach and a camp counselor at Rose Playground in Philly, where he won Counselor of the Year.

Aaliyah Allen, KIPP Memphis
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Aaliyah Allen, KIPP Memphis

Aaliyah Allen

Washington University in St. Louis

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools Alumna

Aaliyah is a KIPP Memphis Collegiate alumna and incoming freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. She intends to major in the Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology program and minor in Spanish and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is eager to get involved in student government and the Black Student Union on campus. During her time in high school, Aaliyah was a member of the KIPP Memphis Collegiate Marching Band. She was also a member of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and National English Honor Society.

Riham Alwaely, KIPP Kansas City
Riham Alwaely
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Riham Alwaely, KIPP Kansas City

Riham Alwaely

University of Missouri — Kansas City

KIPP Kansas City Alumna

Riham is a KIPP Kansas City and Lincoln College Prep Academy alumna. She will be attending University of Missouri — Kansas City to study Biology with the hopes of becoming a dentist. As the child of immigrants from Iraq, her dream is to open up her own clinic to serve the Arab-American community here in Kansas City. During her time in high school, she volunteered at different non-profit organizations. She also spent her time after school providing one-on-one tutoring to KIPP Endeavor Academy students.

Eunice Beato, KIPP Massachusetts
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Eunice Beato, KIPP Massachusetts

Eunice Beato

Wellesley College

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools Alumna

Eunice is a KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate alumna. She first became interested in Astrophysics in seventh grade, and aspires to earn her Ph.D. in the field while working at NASA as an expert in black holes. Ultimately, she wants to lead an organization that provides young women of color the tools needed to pursue careers in STEM. During her time in high school, Eunice worked at Raw Art Works, a non-profit art therapy organization dedicated to providing youth the confidence and tools to succeed. She also served as a Teacher Assistant at Prep@Pingree, a summer enrichment program for youth in Massachusetts. She has received several artistic achievement awards and participated in many extracurriculars, including the National Honor Society, Student Council, and her school’s Ambassador Program.

Armando Castro, KIPP Texas Houston
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Armando Castro, KIPP Texas Houston

Armando Castro

Wesleyan University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumnus

Armando is a KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston alumnus. He aspires to major in Biology in college, and ultimately would like to work as a food scientist for a vegan food company. He is passionate about his community and finding ways to provide equitable access to healthy foods. During his time in high school, he was very involved on campus, serving on Student Council as Treasurer in 11th Grade and Vice President in 12th Grade. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Robotics Team, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a co-founder of the Korean Club.

Terrell Cornelius, KIPP NYC
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Terrell Cornelius, KIPP NYC

Terrell Cornelius

Tufts University

KIPP NYC Public Schools Alumnus

Terrell is a KIPP NYC College Prep alumnus and will be attending Tufts University. As a future clinical psychologist and school superintendent, Terrell intends to work in the fields of mental health and educational equity for students coming from communities like his. He plans to receive his Bachelor’s in both Education and Latin American Studies, and follow-up by receiving a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy. While in high school, Terrell was the captain of the Step Team and founder of KIPP NYC College Prep’s Black and Brown Pride Club. His leadership is deeply rooted in making a difference in his community by amplifying the voices of those like his.

De'Jah Donahue, KIPP Chicago
De’Jah Donahue
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De'Jah Donahue, KIPP Chicago

De’Jah Donahue

Bradley University

KIPP Chicago Alumna

De’Jah is a KIPP Chicago and Holy Trinity High School alumna. She aspires to major in Psychology in college and is eager to become engaged in her college community through extracurriculars like Black Student Union, student government, and dance. During her time in high school, De’Jah held several leadership positions, including serving as a Sunday School teacher for students aged 7–17, serving as President of Holy Trinity Black Student Union, and participating in the Ambassador’s Club. She was a member of the National Honor’s Society and Girls Volleyball and Basketball Teams.

Steven Hernandez-Lopez, KIPP Colorado
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Steven Hernandez-Lopez, KIPP Colorado

Steven Hernandez-Lopez

Brown University

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumnus

Steven is a KIPP Denver Collegiate alumnus. He aspires to double major in Neuroscience and Education. This stems from his deep desire to want to continue helping the Latinx community. During his time in high school, Steven was the captain of the Cross-Country team while also being a part of the school’s Student Council. The work and effort he has put into giving back to his community was recognized when he was awarded Breakthrough Kent Denver’s Community Service Award. Steven is an advocate for himself and those in his community, striving to make a difference in the world around him.

Arely Herrera, KIPP Colorado
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Arely Herrera, KIPP Colorado

Arely Herrera

University of Colorado Denver

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumna

Arely is a KIPP Denver Collegiate alumna. She aspires to become a Nurse Practitioner as she is passionate about community and helping others. She also has an interest in working with other organizations in creating a more equitable education system. During her time in high school, she was a member of the Student Board of Education, becoming a leader in student activism and social justice issues. She was also a member of the Student Council and Women’s Basketball team. Outside of school, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide in a local elementary school and was a youth member of Padres y Jovenes Unidos.

Kamari Johnson, KIPP Baltimore
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Kamari Johnson, KIPP Baltimore

Kamari Johnson

Morgan State University

KIPP Baltimore Alumnus

Kamari is a KIPP Baltimore and Friends School alumnus, and an incoming freshman at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he intends to major in Computer Science. He is eager to get involved in computer science and programing clubs on campus. During his time in high school, Kamari was Co-President of the Black Awareness Club and a member of the Robotics and Programming Clubs. He was also a member of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Dafne Lucio, KIPP Colorado
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Dafne Lucio, KIPP Colorado

Dafne Lucio

Skidmore College

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumna

Dafne is a KIPP Denver Collegiate alumna who will be attending Skidmore College in the fall. After college, Dafne plans to attend law school and one day aspires to become a civil rights lawyer. During her time in high school, she was a member of Student Council, a mentor for underclassmen, and a Student Ambassador, where she gained leadership experience in public speaking. She was engaged in social justice and activism issues on her campus, and was a part of Dartmouth Bound in the summer of 2018, a program that prepared her for the college application process.

Rae Recinos, KIPP New Jersey
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Rae Recinos, KIPP New Jersey

Rae Recinos

Duke University

KIPP New Jersey Alumna

Rae is a KIPP Newark Collegiate alumna who is full of creativity and is passionate about visual art, graphic design, photography, music, writing, and singing. She aspires to one day attend law school, and is passionate about bringing change and fighting for others in her community. During her time in high school, Rae was a leader amongst her peers, founding Newark Collegiate Academy’s first Gay Straight Alliance Club and serving as President. She is an advocate for herself and for those in her community, striving to make a difference in the world around her.

Lotanna Udoye, KIPP DC
Lotanna Udoye
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Lotanna Udoye, KIPP DC

Lotanna Udoye

KIPP DC Alumna

Lotanna is a KIPP DC College Preparatory alumna. She aspires to double major in Biology and Chemistry in order to make her dream of becoming a surgeon a reality. Her love for medicine stems from her desire to help out her community by providing equitable healthcare. During her time in high school, she was on the varsity team for KIPP DC College Preparatory’s Basketball, Soccer, and Track teams. Outside of school, she has spent time volunteering at Assumption Catholic Church, and has spent her summers as a camp counselor.

Josue Urbina, KIPP Texas Austin
Josue Urbina
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Josue Urbina, KIPP Texas Austin

Josue Urbina

Lycoming College

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Austin Alumnus

Josue is a KIPP Austin Collegiate alumnus who aspires to major in Biochemistry, and pursue a career as a pharmaceutical scientist with a specialty in diabetes medicine. During high school, he was involved in many extracurriculars, including serving on the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, and participating in the KIPP Austin Collegiate Band. During the summer of 2016, he took an Austin Community College dual credit class to further his studies, and is passionate about continuing to learn, grow, and give back to his community.

Kennedi Wesley, KIPP Texas Houston
Kennedi Wesley
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Kennedi Wesley, KIPP Texas Houston

Kennedi Wesley

Duke University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumna

Kennedi is a KIPP Sunnyside High School alumna. She aspires to get her degree in Business so that she is able to open her own global concierge business. She is passionate about community and helping others, and wants to ensure there are more black owned business in communities. During her time in high school, she was a member of the Houston chapter of Top Teens, becoming the chapter’s recording secretary. She was also the captain of the Sunnyside Cheerleading team. Outside of school, Kennedi spent multiple weekends and summers volunteering at different non-profit organizations.

How to Apply

Application Closed. Look out for more information for our 2020 application round.

Application
Application must include:

  • A resume
  • Academic records (including most recent transcript in senior year)
  • Two reference letters (including a KIPP teacher or KIPP Through College advisor)
  • A response to the following three prompts:
    • Share the path you see for yourself during your college years and beyond.
    • Describe a time in your life when having a mentor helped you overcome a challenge. Alternatively, describe a time when having a mentor would have been helpful in overcoming a challenge.
    • At least two recent examples of when you have demonstrated one of these core values in your school, workplace, and/or community:
      • Belief in the power of relationships
      • Leadership
      • Excellence
      • Perseverance
      • Civic Mindedness

Selection

Amplify Scholars will be selected and announced by May 2019.

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.

  • The application will remain open from December 20th, 2018 – March 15th, 2019.

  • 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. References will be asked to submit a short letter through this online form by Friday, February 22nd.

  • We will inform all candidates about selection by email in March 2019.

  • Starting in December, iMentor and KIPP will hold monthly webinars for interested applicants to learn more about the program and have their questions answered. These sessions are scheduled for December 12, January 9, and February 1. If you have any other questions in the meantime, feel free to email Jorge Ochoa at jochoa@kipp.org.