The Scholar and a Dream Scholarship was founded out of necessity to alleviate some of the financial burdens that often times deter high school graduates of color from pursuing post-secondary education. All 8 of our organization’s founding members are people of color from disadvantaged backgrounds. We each have shared experiences that unite us towards the common goal of investing in the education of the future generation. People of color, often at a generational financial disadvantage, don’t always have the tools, resources, or knowledge to strategically maneuver their career at an earlier age. We’ve found it necessary to bridge the knowledge gap, create a platform for advancement, and pay forward the opportunities that were once afforded to us, in effort to improve the odds of the youth in our communities.