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PbS Scholarship Award

The PbS Scholarship Award was created in 2016 to encourage and support post-secondary education for youths and staff at PbS facilities. Youths who are, or have been, incarcerated face tremendous barriers to advancing their education, accessing transcripts and earned credits and applying to colleges, vocational and technical programs  because of their system involvement. For those who are accepted and make it to the point where the remaining barrier is funding, the PbS Scholarship Award gives them the final boost they need.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the Annie E Casey Foundation, $10,000 will go directly to youth scholarships. We also recognize the important role that facility staff play in supporting youths to reach success and thanks to the Casey Foundation donation we have also been able to put more towards staff scholarships as well — doubling the amount of previous years.

The application period for Spring 2021 is now open!

Scholarship Award 2020


Words from the winners

“The PbS Scholarship enables me to further my educational journey, so I can pay it forward by helping others in need of guidance.”

-Victor Santoyo Stanislaus, CA

“I have been given the opportunity to make something great of myself and every day I will strive to be someone I am proud of. ”

-Halle Nelson, St. Anthony, ID

"Finishing high school and going on to further my education has me excited about my future. ... I learned how to become a more responsible individual, self-reliant and motivated to follow the goals I set for myself.”

-A youth from East Haven, CT

“Growing up, I never thought that I would go to college… If I get to go to college, I want to come back and speak at juvenile facilities to young men like me. I don’t want them to think that getting arrested is where it ends. It’s just a chance for a new beginning.”

-A youth from Dover, DE

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Quotes from our 2020 Scholarship judges

Wow. That is such a hard task. So many great thoughts and ideas and it was so hard to choose.
Another tough year to select scholarship recipients! A great group of people and candidates.