DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa (WHP) — The Steelton-Highspire School District, partnering with the organizations True Colors and Neighboring Academy, was recently awarded a $137,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to implement a pilot scholarship program.

The scholarship program is designed to benefit at-risk students in communities with prominent high school dropout and incarceration rates.

Program administrators with True Colors and Neighboring Academy said the grant will help them give additional opportunities to students once they graduate.

“Money gives us the opportunity to level the playing field and lets the students know that it is possible to live your dreams, said Kevin Lawrence, the Co-Founder of True Colors.

Students will be able to apply for the scholarships to use post grad, whether they go to college or pursue a trade.

“We want kids to understand being successful is not just graduating or going to college or to trade school or getting a job, but to become part of neighborhood,” said Chad Frey, the president of Neighboring Academy. “When you do that, you are working to prevent crime and some of the social challenges they face and interrupt generational poverty.” “The goal is to benefit as many people as possible,” Lawrence said.