The physical, financial, emotional, and educational impact on having your loved one incarcerated is an unbelievably heavy burden to bear, especially for a child. The National Institute of Corrections estimates roughly 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent or guardian. These staggering statistics reveal that more children are impacted by incarceration than adults currently in the prison system.
There are a variety of scholarships to overcome adversity, and the Pelipost team wanted to target families who have experienced the impact of incarceration and the financial need that often accompanies it.
We know firsthand what it's like to have a family member in prison while trying to attend college, and it's not an easy journey. Joe Calderon, the co-founder of Pelipost, was pursuing his college education while his mother was incarcerated.
Because of his grit and endurance to overcome adversity, he was able to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business and began serving families who are fighting the same battle to remain connected in such an isolating season.
Because of his experience trying to stay connected with his mother and the challenges he had to overcome to send her photos and visit while enrolled full-time in college, he had the inspiration to start Pelipost.
To overcome adversity is the strong will to have a better life. Understanding hardship is also the motivation for forming the Pelipost Overcoming Adversity Scholarship.
Scholarship opportunities are plenty, but it was difficult to find scholarships for family members experiencing incarceration. Pelipost recognized this need within the community and wanted to find a way to overcome this hardship by offering support to high school seniors and undergraduate college students.
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Be a high school graduate or undergraduate student pursuing a college degree.
Submit an Essay (300-750 words) and share:
If you attend school while your parent is incarcerated, you've got a lot of factors working against you. Don't let your financial needs prevent you from pursuing a college education and pursuing your dreams. Applicants will benefit from the financial assistance with this scholarship, and it's awarded based on meeting the criteria above.
The ‘Pelipost Overcoming Adversity Scholarship,’ led by Joe and Becky Calderon, was created to empower and reward (5) high school/undergraduate students with $2,000 toward their college education while overcoming the challenges of having an incarcerated parent/guardian. We've recently chosen the (5) recipients for 2022. See the winning applicants and each essay below.See winning applicants
Pelipost is committed to helping meet the financial need of those experiencing family
incarceration, so they can pursue a college education and improve their quality of life.