Boston, MA – May 3, 2021 – Today, iMentor and KIPP, a network of public charter schools,
announce Serena Porte from KIPP Massachusetts as one of the 15 recipients to receive the
2021 Amplify Scholarship , which provides KIPP students and alumni with support in the
transition to college. Each Amplify Scholar will receive mentorship, professional development
and $60,000 to cover a range of expenses not traditionally covered by college-based financial
aid. This video shows the moment Serena receives the news she has been selected for the
scholarship and this is a compilation video of all the students’ reactions. Attached is Serena’s
headshot for the story.
“Our students have the power to transform the world,” said Richard Barth CEO of the KIPP
Foundation. “Our partnership with iMentor supports them in their freedom to explore the
professional paths they choose in college without the financial burden of non-tuition expenses.
The Amplify Scholarship continues to show the incredible power of mentorship and it gives us a
picture of what can be achieved when barriers are removed for talented young leaders!”
Serena Porte, a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, plans to study Civil Engineering at
Bucknell University in the fall. During her time in school, she participated in various STEM
projects including the Samsung Project, which deepened her interest in 3D design. Serena
aspires to become a mentor, encouraging young women of color to take up careers in STEM by
exposing them to new opportunities.
“When thinking of going to college, I was always worried about the financial aspect of it and
how I would afford some of the extra materials I may need when majoring in a STEM field.
Earning this scholarship has alleviated a lot of that worry,” said Serena.
“I am thrilled to announce our third cohort of Amplify Scholars. This group of KIPP students
embodies many of the core values of iMentor – demonstrating excellence, leadership, and a
commitment to the power of relationships to transform our society. Each student has a unique
story and we are thrilled to support these graduating high school seniors as they continue to
and through college,” said Jana L Reed, Interim CEO of iMentor. “I look forward to seeing how
our scholars use the skills they develop to impact their communities and bring change to the
iMentor will work closely with staff from the KIPP Through College program to ensure scholars
are building the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary to thrive in college and beyond.
While in college, Amplify scholars will receive guidance from an iMentor program manager,
work one-on-one with a volunteer mentor who will support scholars through their educational
and professional pathways, and benefit from the iMentor community to learn about summer
internships, scholarship stipends, and career opportunities.
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of 255 public charter schools
dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in c
College and life. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open
to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll
over 112,000 students in all grades from PreK through high school. Nationwide, KIPP students
complete their bachelor’s degree at a rate of 35 percent, comparable to the national average
for all students and approximately three times higher than the average for students from low-income families.
iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students to graduate
high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor was founded in 1999 by
John Griffin, Richard Buery and Matt Klein. Launched with just 49 students in a single school in
the South Bronx, iMentor has served nearly 38,000 students since its founding in 1999 through
direct-service programs in Baltimore, the Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, and through
our partnerships with local non-profit organizations that implement the iMentor model in
communities across the country