Ambassadors of Hope Scholarship Fund

Supporting Our K-College Promise

From the first sharpened pencil at CamdenForward School to the last final exam of senior year at UrbanPromise Academy, every one of our students benefits from our Kindergarten to College pledge to support them academically, spiritually and financially.   We offer individualized instruction, a faith-based learning environment and scholarships to make a private education at UP Schools possible and encourage and support all of our students to further their education. At UP, we can proudly say that 92 percent of our students graduate and 89 percent go on to further their education.

UrbanPromise is committed to seeing our high school graduates and StreetLeaders not only finish college but flourish while they are there. Ambassadors of Hope, a unique scholarship program that helps college students bridge the gap that often remains for low income students when financial aid and scholarships fall short. 

Even with aid and tuition scholarships, many students struggle with the incidental costs that come from living away from home, managing the demands of college life and participating fully in the experience.  “Seventeen-year-olds from low-income households don’t have the resources to take it to the next level. When the scholarship or financial aid falls short, they don’t have anything to fall back on,” said Arlene Wube, former StreetLeader, Howard University graduate and creator of the Ambassadors of Hope Scholarship program.

The process for awarding Ambassadors of Hope Scholarships is unique, UP alumni—all college graduates—interview UP students and StreetLeaders and learn about their college and career plans and share their experience and ideas where to get additional resources. Students who receive Ambassadors of Hope scholarships sign a contract promising to get tutoring if their GPA drops below a 3.0.  They also commit to doing volunteer work and seeking out other scholarships. The goal is not just to provide necessary resources but to keep the students in college and have some ownership.  The scholarship money can be applied to meal plans, books or tuition and is paid directly to the college.


Since 2010, the Ambassadors of Hope Scholarship Fund has awarded 109 scholarships ranging in amounts from $57 for a textbook to $7,000 for a tuition shortfall.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics suggest the average worker with a bachelor's degree will earn — appropriately enough — nearly $1 million more in his or her career than someone with only a high school diploma.

Funds have been primarily raised by third party events in the Washington, D.C. area.  We plan to expand fundraising efforts to other cities.