As of June 2018, Positive Paths has distributed over $115,000 in scholarship funds serving 48 East Valley women and counting. In addition to the distribution of scholarship funds, each woman we serve is provided with easy access to accompanying academic advisory services and one-on-one mentoring. Mentors are professionals with experience in the chosen career path of each scholar with whom they are matched. Each women has the opportunity to benefit from this program for up to 8 semesters for a total financial investment of $8,000 in educational and professional support (see Scholarship Program Description for more detail).
Scholarships assist individuals in attaining the education that is critical to strengthening family well-being and economic security in the United States. Particularly, single mothers typically have less education, lower household incomes, and higher poverty rates than other adults. Given that postsecondary education is associated with higher incomes, better health, and improved educational outcomes among children, increasing college attainment can have far- reaching, multi-generational benefits for families and communities. It can also help women in particular meet their goals of obtaining a college degree, help improve college completion for women, contribute to the growing demand for highly educated workers, increase tax contributions, and reduce public benefits spending (see https://iwpr.org).