We are thrilled to introduce KIPP’s inaugural class of Dreamscape Scholars! Created in partnership with Dreamscape, a division of Daversa Partners, the Dreamscape Scholarship program is about redefining excellence for young Black leaders.
Launched in 2020 by Daversa Partners, Dreamscape is dedicated to ensuring Black representation in leadership at the highest and most influential levels of the technology industry. Throughout their college careers, Dreamscape Scholars will receive:
- Financial stipends for college expenses—including those not traditionally covered by tuition
- An annual paid summer internship opportunity with Dreamscape or one of its business partners
- One-on-one mentoring with a member of the Dreamscape team
- An opportunity to attend the annual KIPP Alumni Summit, with registration and travel expenses covered
This year, three amazing KIPP seniors were selected from a pool of applicants across the country. Applicants were asked to answer a hypothetical, but ambitious, question: “If you had $150,000 to solve an issue in your community, what would you do?” Our three scholars delivered virtual presentations to the scholarship committee, addressing issues of gun violence, mental health, and housing.
Meet our 2022 Dreamscape Scholars, and learn more about their winning presentations:
KIPP Northern California
KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory
Marionna Harris is headed to Jackson State University in the fall, where she intends to major in Computer Science and help change the statistics for Black women and women of color in STEM. For her Dreamscape Scholars application, Marionna presented a proposal to address gun violence in her San Francisco community, by building a youth-focused community center. This facility would offer basic necessities like food, clothing, and bathroom facilities, as well as providing a safe space for students to learn and thrive after school. Her vision also includes an “Each One Teach One” mentorship program, where young adults would be matched with formerly incarcerated community members or others trying to move forward from challenging circumstances.
KIPP Northern California
KIPP King Collegiate High School
Favour Asu will be attending San Jose State University in the fall to study Computer Science. He hopes to push for greater innovation in tech that makes people’s lives more convenient and equitable. For his Dreamscape application, Favour proposed creating a nonprofit organization called Teen Hope, focused on suicide prevention in his hometown of Oakland, CA. Recognizing that suicide is a leading cause of death among 10- to 34-year-olds in the US, and that teens having suicidal thoughts are often afraid to seek help due to stigma, Favour envisions a teen-led organization that offers peer-to-peer counseling in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. His plan includes an advertising campaign to reach local community members.
KIPP New York City College Prep
Mirochclavia Salomon is excited about attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall, where she plans to explore her interest in Medicine. For her Dreamscape Scholars application, Mirochclavia proposed a community center to address housing insecurity in West and North Harlem, where more than 2,000 students live in shelters or temporary housing. Called Future4Families, this facility would offer wraparound services including temporary housing, food, clothing, career guidance, and mental health services. Mirochclavia envisions this center as a haven for families in Harlem, with community members volunteering and donating.