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Elon alumna's nonprofit honored with two national awards

Elon University graduate Yasmine Arrington '15 has been awarded two national prizes for her work with ScholarCHIPS, a nonprofit she founded in 2010 to provide scholarships to high school students of incarcerated parents.

Elon University graduate Yasmine Arrington '15 has been awarded two national prizes for her work with ScholarCHIPS, a nonprofit she founded in 2010 to provide scholarships to high school students of incarcerated parents.

The Peace First Prize, which awards $25,000 over two years, was given to five leaders focused on making lasting social change in their communities.

Arrington was also awarded the $175,000 JMK Innovation Prize, gifted by the J.M. Kaplan Foundation. According to the organization, the award supports interdisciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment and the natural environment. This is the first year that the Innovation Prize has been offered.

ScholarCHIPS has awarded more than $80,000 to 23 college seniors for their undergraduate educations. Arrington herself was featured by the Washington Post during Elon University's Commencement in May.

Arrington graduated from Elon with a Bachelor of Arts in strategic communications and history. She is currently studying at Howard University in the Master of Divinity program.

 

Eric Townsend,
Staff
11/12/2015 12:55 PM