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Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation is providing HOPE to young people who have dreams of higher education and a different life. Our mission is to break the cycle of incarceration through the gift of education. Founded in 2010, Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to children of incarcerated parents in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

Having a parent incarcerated is a loss that can last a lifetime for a child. This loss often results in low self-esteem, the stigma of having a parent in prison, financial hardship and most of all separation anxiety and distance from a loved one. Society has forgotten about the children who are often left behind.

To date most of the funds targeting children of the incarcerated are aimed at children age 12 to 17 for after school, mentoring and sports programs. While getting these children through high school is a very noble goal, there is NO other organization in existence focused on scholarships AND mentoring AND personal and professional development for this at-risk population – until now. We at Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation are on a mission to give these unique and deserving children a path to a different future!


Generational incarceration is a sad reality but that should not mean that this children are destined to become a statistic. It is our hope to provide the support – both financial and mentoring support – to change the course of the lives we touch. This is an educational issue – it is a known fact that education is the key to keeping people out of prison. This is a workforce issue – if we can help these young people learn a skill and create a network we can put them to work instead of out on the streets. This is a moral issue – these children, through no fault of their own, are too often forced to give up their dreams due to the bad decisions of their parents and a broken system.

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