Education Scholarship

The Yawkey Scholars Program, is a need-based scholarship program that gives preference to students who have had a significant, meaningful experience through participation in a mentoring program or ongoing mentoring relationship during high school. Since 2005, the Yawkey Scholars Program has provided more than $11 million in tuition support to 298 scholars as they pursue a higher education. The Yawkey Foundations are extremely proud to support this promising group of young adults.

The Yawkey Scholars Program is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI). For more information, including the guidelines and application, please visit

Adult Education Programs

The Yawkey Foundations support organizations and institutions that offer education and training programs that prepare disadvantaged adults for career advancement or further higher education — all in an effort to help low income families move towards economic independence. Yawkey Foundations support is directed to organizations with demonstrated experience and successful outcomes working with disadvantaged adults, particularly single parents.

Middle and Secondary Schools

The Yawkey Foundations have a history of supporting private middle and high schools that provide a quality education, particularly for urban youth with limited economic means. These scholarship programs are designed for schools that offer educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students and have a high percentage of graduates who go on to higher education.

Youth Academic Development Programs

The Yawkey Foundations support organizations that expand educational opportunities for underserved children and youth when they are not in school. Yawkey Foundations support is directed to organizations that have demonstrated success in increasing confidence and academic achievement, as well as encouraging positive relationships with adult mentors.