The majority of the P2P Scholars are the first in their family to attend college. All of them come from low-income households. And upon graduation, each of them will have the opportunity to explore limitless possibilities in graduate studies and careers that would have been otherwise unavailable to them.

“The Person-to-Person Scholarship made me realize that there are people willing to help; and it inspired me to push even further throughout my experience in college.”

As part of the agency’s mission, P2P is dedicated to supporting a client’s journey toward self-sufficiency. The Scholarship Program helps to realize that goal by bridging the gap between what each student earns and saves and the amount needed to attend college, thereby changing the trajectory of a student’s life.

P2P awarded the first college scholarship in 1968, enabling a young mother to graduate from New Haven College.

“I could not have obtained my degree without your financial support and motivation, so thank you for investing in me.”

In the last 10 years P2P has awarded over $3.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,700 college students.

Eighty percent of P2P Scholars graduate college, versus a national average of less than 26% of low-income students earning a college degree*. Among P2P Scholars who receive the Mentoring 4 Success Scholarship, in which we match each student with an individual who will serve as a mentor throughout the four years of college, the graduation rate is even higher.

“Person-to-Person serves as a support system for me and others by pushing and motivating us to reach the full potential that sometimes we, in our own eyes, fail to see.”

All P2P Scholars are traveling a road that is not without challenges, but they are determined to persevere.

“Without Person-to-Person, I would not be able to attend college and get an education. I want to thank you for supporting and helping me.”

[*Sources: Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States 2015 Report; National Center for Education Statistics 2012; US Department of Education]