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Yawkey Scholars Program

The Yawkey Foundations’ mission is to continue the charitable legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey to make immediate, significant, and positive impacts on the quality of life of underserved children, youth and families. The Yawkeys valued the importance of education and understood its ability to alter the course of young lives. To honor this legacy of learning, the Yawkey Foundation Board of Trustees established the Yawkey Scholars Program in 2005 to help talented and motivated disadvantaged young people from Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina meet the rising costs of undergraduate education. Over the past eight years, the Yawkey Scholars Program has provided over $6 million in tuition supports to more than 180 Scholars as they pursue a college education in Massachusetts. The Yawkey Scholars Program is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI). For more information about the Yawkey Foundations, please visit the Foundations’ website at