KIPP Webb Scholars Program to Foster Community Impact
Scholarships will provide direct support and programming
October 3, New York, NY- Today KIPP Public Schools and the Webb Family Foundation are launching a multiyear partnership to create the KIPP Webb Scholars Program to provide opportunities for KIPP students interested in pursuing great careers and giving back to their communities.
This new national scholars program will provide financial support to defray the costs of college with an annual stipend for up to four years; 1:1 mentorship; attendance at a summer professional development weekend; and the opportunity to participate in a community impact project. The first cohort of Scholars will join the program in May 2023.
“The Webb Family Foundation has supported KIPP for more than a decade because we can see how they encourage young people, through academic excellence, to dream big and create the future they want for themselves and their communities,” said Maynard and Irene Webb, founders. “We see this scholarship program as a way to deepen our partnership with KIPP by supporting young people who have the resources, tools, and mentorship to become lifelong achievers–and who are inspired to pay it forward to others.”
For the first year’s cohort, KIPP Northern California Public High Schools seniors and KIPP Northern California Middle School graduates who are current high school seniors will be eligible to apply. During the second year, students who graduated from a KIPP Jacksonville Public Middle School and are current high school seniors will also be eligible to apply. The scholarship will select six students every year.
Scholars will have access to:
- Pursue a community impact project. Each scholar will have a monthly curriculum that guides them through a project that will make a lasting, measurable impact upon the scholar’s community and requires each to partner with a nonprofit or small business organization.
- Attend an annual Leadership Weekend, focused on professional development.
- Participate in a cohort consisting of the scholars in their class.
- Attend quarterly virtual webinars. Each student will have the opportunity to attend virtual events with featured guests.
- Career Mentorship. Each student will be welcome to attend KIPP corporate and civic partner network and career fairs for internships and jobs, access to KIPP Resource Liability, including resume and cover letter templates and mock interviews, become part of the KIPP Alumni Network.
“We are so excited to launch this new scholarship so more KIPP students can be become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Tevera Stith, Vice President of Alumni Impact at the KIPP Foundation. “The KIPP Webb Scholars Program will help prepare more students with the skills, confidence, and opportunities to pursue the paths they choose—in college, career, and beyond.”
Students who will be selected must demonstrate academic perseverance, personal resilience, modeled integrity, and leadership through inspiration. In addition, students with financial need pursuing a four-year college degree will be eligible to apply.
About the Webb Family Foundation
The Webb Family Foundation supports education, health, and sustainability as a path toward helping people persevere and the planet thrive. We leverage the full assets of the Foundation to amplify our impact. Founded in 2004, the Foundation has primarily supported education-focused organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on encouraging all young people, regardless of circumstance, to achieve more than they thought possible. In this spirit, the Foundation recently expanded its mission, program, and geographic areas, with a vision that all humans can reach their greatest potential and wellbeing in harmony with the planet.
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of 280 public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll over 120,000 students in all grades from PreK through high school. Nationwide, KIPP students complete their bachelor’s degree at three times higher rates than the average for students from low-income communities.