College and Career

One of the most important decisions our students will make is what to do after graduation.  Our College and Career Success work focuses on encouraging students to explore their options for post-secondary education, and provides them with support and access to tools to help them accomplish their goals.

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Our Passport Scholars initiative helps high school girls set and achieve goals for their academic and life journeys. The girls enter the program with little exposure to the larger world, and after participating in a rigorous summer enrichment program they return more confident, capable and open-minded. With the opportunity to travel, meet new people and see new worlds, program participants are better equipped to make a difference in their own lives and communities. The summer experience lays a foundation upon which to build for college and for life.

Congratulations to the summer 2018 class of Passport Scholars:

Ashton Mayo-Beavers, CCA
University of Rochester Pre-College Summer Program

Jada Brown, CSAS
University of Rochester Pre-College Summer Program

Alexandra Crowder, CSAS
The Putney School Summer Arts

Sophia Dozier, Sale Creek Middle/High
University of Rochester Pre-College Summer Program

Winter Hilliard, Sale Creek Middle/High
University of Rochester Pre-College Summer Program

Deliyah Ledford, Brainerd High
Cooks Honors College (IUP)

Kathryn Parks, CSAS
Smith College Pre-College Summer Programs

Kendall Stolpmann, Red Bank High
Cooks Honors College (IUP)



Daphne Penn is a shining example of the impact of Passport Scholars. The video below was shown during PEF’s 25th Anniversary luncheon in October 2014.

In addition to the summer programs, Passport Scholars helps  participating girls set and achieve long-term goals and offers one-on-one mentoring and college counseling.

Passport Scholars is a partnership between PEF, the Hamilton County Department of Education, and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga with support from the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation and Kitty & Hacker Caldwell.

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For more information on Passport Scholars contact:

Stacy Lightfoot Vice President, College and Career Success

423.648.4443 •