Becraft Scholars Program Starts Strong!

June 08, 2021

Article from our 2021 Summer Fulcrum News

Fulcrum’s new Becraft Scholars Program is underway! The equity-driven scholarship program has already selected its first cohort of students and has begun plans to accept a second cohort for the following school year.

Created with the Ferry Family Charitable Foundation, Becraft Scholars provides a pathway of access to Catholic education while partnering with archdiocesan schools to foster a culture of belonging with a focus on Black and African American students and families.

Each year, the program will recruit cohorts of 12 kindergarteners and make a nine-year commitment to their families to provide a $5,000 annual scholarship. Schools that partner with Becraft Scholars commit to studying student data and making targeted improvements in school practice or policy to foster a more inclusive culture for all students.

The program is headed by Alana Bell, who comes to Fulcrum with extensive experience in equity-driven work. Alana was the director of equity and inclusion at Seattle Academy, where her focus was building community and creating equitable systems. Alana has also worked with organizations such as the Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement and Partners for Youth Empowerment.

For more information about the Becraft Scholars Program, contact Alana Bell at alana.bell@fulcrumfoundation.org.