PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Our goal is to help first generation
high school students attend and
graduate from college in four years

Application deadline is February 1st.

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WHAT WE DO

The mission of the Chang Chavkin Scholars Program is to support rural, high achieving, first generation students with the funding and resources needed to graduate from a four year college that meets their potential.

The Program will provide guidance to Scholars and their families during the college search and application process. We advise parents and students on the college selection decision and help navigate financial aid awards. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $15,000 per year for four years toward the cost of attendance at an accredited U.S. college or university. While in college, the Program will advise and support our Scholars so they stay in school and reach their goal of a college degree.

In addition, we work with our partner high schools to provide support and resources in order to enhance existing programs.

ONE PROGRAM. TWO LOCATIONS.

COLORADO

Serving Colorado rural communities in the following school districts: Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Norwood, Nucla and Paradox.

MASSACHUSETTS

Serving Berkshire County in the following schools: Drury, Lee, Monument Mountain Regional, Mount Everett Regional, Mount Greylock Regional, and Wahconah Regional.

Meet the scholars

SCHOLARSHIP INFO

The Chang-Chavkin Scholars Program will provide resources to students and parents.  In three ways: 1) work with high school guidance counselors to provide targeted supplemental counseling support to students and their families; 2) award “last in” four year college scholarships which will help bridge the gap after all other financial aid is determined; and 3) provide “wrap-around” support while the students are in college.

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

Philanthropists Arnie Chavkin and Laura Chang have a deep appreciation for the transformational impact of a college education. They want to move the needle on studies that show first generation students not only attend college at a much lower rate but those who do set out for their degree have difficulty completing their course of study. “While there are many programs focusing on low-income first generation students in urban areas, very few programs focus on rural students”, said Chavkin. “We are committed to opening doors for those who are underrepresented in higher education, and who often do not complete that education. We are confident that many of our local first generation students have the desire to achieve a college education, and we plan to help them do that.

Chang Chavkin Founders

MEET OUR TEAM

Meet Our Team

Valene Baskfield

Prior to working with the Chang Chavkin Scholars Program, Valene worked for 21 years as a school social worker and school counselor in a variety of roles including college counselor, academic advisor, mental health counselor and health and wellness coordinator. Valene is also a licensed clinical social worker and has provided services for Hospice, Family Court and the Department of Health and Human Services. Valene and her husband are raising their two boys in Ridgway, CO.

Meet Our Team

Nancy Roseman

Nancy has worked in higher education since joining the faculty of Williams College in 1991.  She was appointed Dean of Williams College for seven years and was Director of the Williams-Exeter Programme in Oxford. Among her responsibilities in these roles was to ensure that a diverse student body had the support and resources needed to reach their personal and intellectual potential.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Chang Chavkin Scholars Program, Nancy served as President of Dickinson College. Nancy and her wife live in Williamstown.

IN THE WORDS OF OUR SCHOLARS

Scholar quote

“While my final interview was the most nerve-wracking half hour of my life, in the end, it was worth it because I’m worth it.”

— Savanna Nolau

“I feel like this scholarship has been much more than a scholarship. It is a community. If a scholar is in need of help in college, the program is always helping quickly. It’s also an opportunity to actually have good personal relationships with all the people involved in this program and that really helps me know that I am part of great, supportive community.”

— Hunter Wilson

Scholar quotes
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Scholar quotes

“This scholarship really is life changing after having this cloud fly over me questioning how I am going to pay for my school this really helped me get rid of that burden, but not only is the money so helpful all the people involved really care about you as an individual and are willing to help when you need it so, if you are thinking about applying I would say definitely do.”

Scholar Quotes

"Being a part of the Chang Chavkin Scholars Program has been one of the most enriching, eye-opening, and incredible experiences I have had in my life thus far. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a motivating group of individuals that truly want to see me succeed. I highly encourage any prospective junior thinking about applying to apply because I would not be where I am today without the unimaginable support from Valene, Arnie, Laura and everyone else who helped to make this program into a reality. It could truly change your life, as it has for me, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds."

Scholar quotes

“I feel like this scholarship has been much more than a scholarship. It is a community. If a scholar is in need of help in college, the program is always helping quickly. It’s also an opportunity to actually have good personal relationships with all the people involved in this program and that really helps me know that I am part of great, supportive community.”

Scholar quote

“While my final interview was the most nerve-wracking half hour of my life, in the end, it was worth it because I’m worth it.”