With our National theme of “ "listen to the children…enrich their lives", Chums’ Founders’ National Scholarship, established at the October 2001 Conclave at Hilton Head Island, SC. in honor of Chum Founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown and Theodora Jackson Cora.

This scholarship benefits young adults attending college for the first time who have a documented financial need.  

The CHUMS Founders’ National Scholarship is a one-time scholarship award for a recipient who is nominated by a local chapter.   The recipient of the award will be voted on and announced at the annual conclave each October. 

Many of our local chapters have fundraisers for the scholarship program offered through Chums Inc.  Although family members/relatives of a Chum are not eligible for this scholarship, we encourage all Chums’ families to help identify eligible and worthy candidates for this wonderful opportunity.

•    A high school senior 
•    A non-family member of a Chum
•    Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
•    Has a five (5) year plan of future education/career goals
•    Has obtained awards, distinctions and academic honors in the past 3 years



2021 Scholarship winnerS


Sabrina jean-charles

Sabrina Jean-Charles was the 2021 Valedictorian of Jones High School, a historically black high school in Orlando, Florida. She had a weighted GPA of 5.07 and an unweighted GPA of 3.92 and ranked number 1 in her graduating class. Sabrina attended Jones Medical Magnet Program and was a dual enrollment student at Orange Technical College. In addition to her high school diploma, she completed her Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate. Sabrina has extensive leadership experience holding the office of President in the Minority Leadership Scholars and Student Government Association. She logged over 200 hours of community service at Orlando Health where she volunteered in a surgical care unit providing patient mobility and meal assistance.


Described as a “natural leader” and one who “thinks critically at a very high level” Sabrina struggled to remain focused in school as she overcame personal adversities at home. The youngest child in a single parent household, her mother worked three jobs to support the family until she became ill, and everyone had to work including Sabrina to contribute to the household. In her scholarship essay, Sabrina stated while growing up she “always aspired to be in the medical field” as she listened to her mother share her daily experiences as a CAN. Sabrina is now a freshman at Wake Forest University in NC where she will pursue her goal to become a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor to “provide exceptional healthcare while making a connection and treating every patient as a whole.”


2021 Scholarship Recipients

Kemdilim Okoye

  • 1st Place - Sabrina Jean-Charles - Orlando Chapter
  • 2nd Place - Kemdilim Okoye - Chicago Chapter
  • 3rd Place - Trinity Haywood - Los Angeles Chapter
  • Book Scholarship - Isabella Wiggins - Providence Chapter

 Scholarship Applications

Available from the local Chums Chapter, which services your area.

Chapters: go to the Members section/Forms for the scholarship application and instructions. 

Kemdilim Okoye is from Plainfield, Illinois. She is currently a first-year student at Harvard University and majoring in economics. Kemdilim is a member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club, Black Health Advocates, and a volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. In addition, she is s consultant for GRC, an organization that provides consulting services for nonprofits. During her free time, she enjoys creative writing, taking ballet lessons, and spending time with friends. 


trinity haywood

Trinity Haywood - Recommended by the Los Angeles (CA) Chapter  


Trinity graduated from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) with a 4.2 GPA.  She was the class Student Body President, Black Student Union (BSU) Vice President and was named class valedictorian.

She is attending the University of California, Los Angeles and majoring in Public Affairs and plans on pursuing a career in law. Trinity says that becoming an attorney will give her the competence and authority to make systematic change that would improve the lives of the under served and marginalized people, and be a resounding voice for the voiceless. 


Isabella Wiggins graduated from Middletown High School, Middletown Rhode Island as an outstanding student and athlete with a 4.0 cumulative average. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and National Art Society. She was a team leader overseeing fund raising and communications. She is described as a ball of energy and enthusiasm and well respected by all who meet her. She served as captain of her basketball team for the 2020-2021 basketball season and played all four years on the varsity team. She was also a member of the soccer and varsity track and field teams. She served as President of her Student Council, captain of the math team and participated in the Yearbook and Arts Clubs.


Her involvement and advocacy in community service and social programs such as "Speak Out Against Racial Injustice", food drives and coaching and mentoring children during her high school years, prompted Isabella's interest in the field of Arts and Humanities. She graduated in 2021 and is pursuing her education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.