frequently asked questions
Will the Chrysalis Scholars Program pay for my school?
We hope that in the near future we will be able to provide a "last dollar scholarship" that will pay for expenses not covered by other scholarships such as the ETV, Arkansas Schlolarship Lottery, or Arkansas Workforce Scholarships. At this time, however, we are limited to providing assistance for books, school supplies/equipment, technology needs, and care packages.
Do I have to attend a college or major university to become a Chrysalis Scholar?
We recognize that there is no such thing as "one size fits all" when it comes to higher education. There are many opportunities in NWA for young adults to pursue a career or profession that is a good fit for them. We would love to learn more about your dreams/goals and support you on the path that makes those dreams a reality.
I'm still not sure "what I want to be when I grow up." Is that okay?
Yes, that's completely okay! You do not have to decide on a major or area of study before applying to be a Chrysalis Scholar. We would love to help you explore some of your interests, go with you to visit school campuses, and introduce you to admissions counselors before you take the plunge! Also, many college students find that they have at least a year to get their basics out of the way before they start taking the classes that apply to their field of study anyways. In the meantime, feel free to take this survey to see some recommendations on where to start exploring when it comes to furthering your education.
I'm already enrolled in college and have declared a major. How will being a Chrysalis Scholar help me?
The Chrysalis Scholars program offers more than one-on-one help in working through some of the typical obstacles of applying for school and jumping through the hoops of the financial aid process. The Chrysalis Scholars program helps its members navigate the educational experience alongside others who are on a similar path. From recreational activities as a group, to developing a connection with a local professional who went to school for the same thing you are, you will find encouragement from a community who wants you to succeed as much as you do!
Do I have to make a certain GPA to be (or stay) a Chrysalis Scholar?
There are alot of students who work hard and never get to see their name written on the Dean's List or President's List. Making the honor roll is not a requirement of being a Chrysalis Scholar. We do ask our students to sign a "Commitment to Excellence" and show commitment toward reaching their goals.
Do I have to live at Saving Grace in order to be a Chrysalis Scholar?
Not at all, though you may apply to both programs if you wish to explore your options. The Saving Grace transitional living program and the Chrysalis Scholars initiative are quite different. Download this PDF to learn about some of the differences.
What happens if I decide that being part of Chrysalis Scholars is not for me, even if my caseworker thinks it is?
Participation in the Chrysalis Scholars Program is not a requirement of DHS, your caseworker, or Transitional Youth Services Coordinator. We will ask to work closely with these support persons (if you are still in foster care) in order to make sure that you are getting what you need to meet your educational goals. Also, while we do ask our Scholars to sign a "Committment to Excellence" in order to receive the perks and supports we offer, you are free to walk away at any time. No strings attached.