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The PbS Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to inspire, encourage and assist youths and staff pursuing post-secondary education. Two youths and two staff are selected to receive up to $2,000 each by the PbS Board of Directors based on the applicants’ essay explaining how he or she will “pay it forward” and use what they learn to better the lives of future generations.

The application period for 2019 has closed. Thank you to all who applied!

Here are some stories from past recipients of the scholarship:

“Please know that I greatly appreciate being selected for this scholarship award. Your voice came to me in a time of struggle and that this scholarship award renewed my hope and gave me the push needed to move forward. I want to express my sincere appreciation and pray that you continue impacting others as you have me. I look forward to future collaboration with PbS and am happy to have been selected to continue my education with a profound organization.”

- Tammi L., Ohio

"The PbS Scholarship Program and their dedication to supporting incarcerated youth’s pursuit of higher education has given me the chance to not only pursue my master’s degree while incarcerated, but to change my life through educational reformation; It has been support from organizations such as PbS that has made dreams of a better life obtainable.

- Stephen K., Oregon

“My education plans are going well. I am in my final year of graduate school at the University of North Dakota and classes are going well. I am still planning on pursuing a doctoral degree in the future but am still looking at schools. The scholarship has helped to fund my final year and pay for part of my tuition!”

- Brianna C., Grand Forks County North Dakota

“I am extremely thankful for being chosen as a PbS scholarship recipient. I will be graduating this May 2017 with my Masters degree in Social Work. The scholarship helped me a lot to pay for my tuition and books. It was a tough semester and I was struggling financially to pay for my School expenses. I have been more involved in anything that deals with PbS. We just had a presentation on PbS where we were able to see how we are doing compared to other counties and at a national level. It allowed us to see what we can improve on as I continue to work with the youth in their rehabilitative process. I came here to the U.S in 2001 and lived in an impoverished community where gangs were present. If it wasn’t for all the supportive individuals in my life I do not know where I would be right now. I see these young men we work with and try to offer them a lot of support. In my two years working here with this department we have had some success stories. I began looking into promoting into a Juvenile Officer III or a Deputy Probation Officer to look more into the different policies at a macro level aimed towards these youth. Once again thank you so much for everything and I will forever be grateful for being awarded the PbS scholarship.”

– Edgar C., Merced County California