Washington, D.C. alumni volunteer with alumna’s nonprofit

The chapter's annual service event included volunteering with ScholarCHIPS, which was founded by Yasmine Arrington Brooks '15.

Elon’s Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter hosted its annual service event on Thursday, April 4, and partnered partnered this year with ScholarCHIPS, an organization founded by Elon alumna Yasmine Arrington Brooks ’15.

Elon in DC group at ScholarCHIPS packing party
The goal of ScholarCHIPS is to “provide renewable scholarships and book awards to college bound youth from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area with an incarcerated parent or primary caregiver.” Brooks started ScholarCHIPS in 2010 as a junior in high school after beginning her own search for college scholarships and realizing the profound need for scholarships for children with incarcerated parents. Knowing this struggle firsthand, Brooks created a combined scholarship and mentorship program herself.

Yasmine Arrington Brooks ’15, Executive Director, ScholarCHIPS

Alongside Brooks and two ScholarCHIPS alums, Tianna and Jermekkio, Elon alumni in D.C. helped collect supplies, write encouraging notes and assemble care packages for current scholars in the program. To date, ScholarCHIPS has supported 83 scholars in earning their college degrees and has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships, book awards and graduation gifts since 2012.

This is just one of the many amazing events that Elon’s alumni chapters organize throughout the year. Alumni should check out the alumni calendar to see if there is an upcoming alumni event in their city. More information is available to alumni interested in joining a chapter or learning more about the regional chapters available to them.