As of February 2020, Positive Paths has distributed over $155,000 in scholarship funds serving 63 East Valley women and counting. In addition to the distribution of scholarship funds, each woman we serve 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. 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. 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).