In the 1970s, there were 340,000 million Americans incarcerated. Today, there are over 2 million. Unfortunately, this increase in the prison population was not distributed evenly. African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at 5x the rate of white people, making up 40% of the prison population, despite representing only 13% of the wider population. Similarly, Hispanic people are twice as likely as white people to be incarcerated, per capita.
The effects of incarceration extend beyond the jail cell. Among many hidden consequences is the impact of incarceration on dependent children, including their emotional, physical, educational, and financial well-being. For example, children with incarcerated parents are 6x more likely to get incarcerated.
This cycle does not need to continue. The Incarceration Impact Scholarship exists to support those disproportionately affected by incarceration in the US and is open to Black or Latinx students from low-income households with an incarcerated parent or legal guardian.
To apply, tell us about how incarceration has impacted your life and your aspirations for the future.
Please write about how incarceration has impacted your life and your aspirations for the future.
The application deadline is Apr 18, 2021. Winners will be announced on May 17, 2021.
The scholarship award is $1,000.
The winner will be publicly announced on May 17, 2021. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
We will send the award check to the financial aid office of the winner’s academic institution or future academic institution in their name, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements). If the student's academic institution does not have a financial aid office, the student will receive the funding directly.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to verify their academic enrollment status by providing a copy of their most recent transcript.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.