The Phoenix Scholarship is dedicated to Dorothy A. McNeil, a formerly incarcerated woman negatively impacted by the Criminal Justice System. Mrs. McNeil (or Tante as she is known by those who adore her) is an advocate of education. Her life’s work is to help marginalized, at-risk students, and/or students with underprivileged backgrounds receive an education.

The Phoenix Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to formerly incarcerated individuals or students negatively impacted by having attended a secondary or alternative school. Like Tante, the ideal candidate embodies the essence the mythological bird who chose not to let its circumstances define it but rose from the ashes to become a better version of itself.

Application Period for fall 2021 IS NOW CLOSED.

The recipient must be enrolled in a trade school, community college or 4-year college or university. Each recipient will be awarded $1,000 to allay school-related expense, including tuition, room and board, or for the purchase of books and supplies. Funds will be split between fall and spring semesters ($500 each semester) and forwarded directly to the educational facility.

To be eligible, individuals must be entering an accredited college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2021 and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A high school student, formerly incarcerated or marginalized by having attended a secondary or alternative education setting.
  • An adult attending a degree program for the first time. 
  • A transfer student from 2-year or 4-year college/university.
  • An individual formerly enrolled in a prison college program or intending on enrolling upon release.