ScholarCHIPS Board Members

Chris Magnuson

"I got involved with scholarCHIPS because I wanted to support Yasmine in such a worthy cause.  She was my student when she was in my 7th grade history class and it is great to see her come so far!  As an educator in DC for over a decade, I know how incarceration affects the lives of many students.  We need to talk about it more and make sure that children of incarcerated parents get the support they need."



Board Member

Education Content and Design Strategist 

Dig-It Games! 

Yasmine Arrington

"I started ScholarCHIPS because I know firsthand the struggles that come with having a parent in prison--all too often you become marginalized or dismissed as a delinquent. If it weren't for my family and teachers giving me a chance, I would not have made it to where I am today. I simply want to give the gift of support and opportunity back to the generations proceeding behind me!" 

Founder of ScholarCHIPS


Howard University


Executive Director


Scott Rechler



Board Treasurer


Director and CEO LearnServe International



"Children of incarcerated parents are among the most under-supported and under-recognized populations in our country -- young people who, through no fault of their own, face emotional, financial, and familial challenges. ScholarCHIPS offers a powerful platform to break the cycle of incarceration by giving children of incarcerated parents the support they need as they continue their education.


I had the opportunity to work with Yasmine Arrington in 2010 when she, as a LearnServe Fellow, began to breathe life into the idea of ScholarCHIPS. I am honored to serve now with what has become a thriving organization with tremendous potential to make a significant impact."


Vida Anderson

Board President

"As Yasmine Arrington's Girl Scout leader, I was able to witness first-hand her passion and unwavering compassion for the students that she serves.  I admire her courage and steadfast commitment to developing ScholarCHIPS into an organization with a mission that matters.  When you think of Yasmine, you automatically think of ScholarCHIPS -- they have become one entity that I predict will one day be a household word.  I believe in ScholarCHIPS because Yasmine believes in ScholarCHIPS, and I believe in Yasmine!  She knows that I will always support her and this very worthy cause."

Real Estate Agent

Coldwell Banker

Residential Brokerage

Constance Lindsay

Board Secretary

"After learning about Yasmine and ScholarCHIPS, I was compelled to help. While I was a senior in high school, my mother was incarcerated, so I understand the challenges ScholarCHIPS students experience at this critical point in their lives. Education is my passion and helping these students achieve their goals is extremely rewarding."


Deputy Officer

Delaware Department of Education


Adjunct Professor

American University

Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad

"When I saw Yasmine receive her award on Black Girls Rock, it brought tears of joy to my eyes.  That evening I saw a resilient, dynamic, determined and humble young woman walk across the stage to accept an award for an organization that I was propelled to work with.  Before the end of the show, I googled and scanned the ScholarCHIPS website and remember feeling impressed by what ScholarCHIPS had accomplished since its foundation.  So often, society is inundated by the negative outcomes of parental incarceration, and stories like Yasmine’s bring us all light and hope.  ScholarCHIPS is nothing short of amazing!"



Board Member


Project Iron Kids for Children of the Incarcerated


Professor of Criminology

Howard University,Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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