Scholarship and Mentoring Program:
As of July 2020, Positive Paths distributed over $185,000 in scholarship funds serving 76 East Valley women and counting. In addition to the distribution of scholarship funds, each woman is provided with one-on-one mentoring. Mentors are professionals, often with experience in the chosen career path of the scholar with whom they are matched.
Scholarships assist individuals in attaining the education that is critical to strengthening family well-being and economic security. Given that postsecondary education is associated with higher incomes, better health, and improved educational outcomes, increasing college attainment can have far-reaching, multi-generational benefits for families and communities. We can 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).
Mentoring has proven to be a critical element of success by providing mentees with the opportunity to broaden their perspective, build social capital, navigate organizational politics more strategically, and muster up the confidence to “lean in” and speak up when it matters most.