Give Something Back

Changing lives, families, and communities—one college scholarship at a time.

Give Something Back (Give Back) provides college scholarships, academic mentoring, and social guidance to students who have faced adversity.

Helping Students Who Need it Most

There are more than 400,000 kids in foster care in the US, and 2.7 million children with a parent who is incarcerated. These youth must overcome severely diminished odds of educational success. Give Back provides special outreach to young people who have faced significant financial hardship and other adversities such as foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent.

50 percent of youth who age out of foster care become homeless.
Only 3 percent of foster youth will graduate college.
On average, a college graduate will earn $1 million more in their lifetime than a high school graduate.

A Model for Success. A Promise for Tomorrow.

Give Back scholars participate in programming and mentoring throughout high school to prepare them for college-level curriculum at one of the organization’s partner colleges—with tuition, fees, room, and board covered. The public charity has already prepaid over 1500 college scholarships across the country—a contribution of over $36 million.

Give Back’s on-time graduation rate at a 4-year college.
Employment rate among Give Back alumni with college degrees.
Alumni who have carried on the spirit of giving back by giving or becoming mentors for the program.

New Book Release:

Give Back Founder Robert Carr’s new book, First Chance, is available now.

first chance book by Robert Carr

First Chance

How Kids With Nothing Can Change Everything

By Robert Owen Carr with Dirk Johnson

Children who experience hardships such as foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent must overcome countless obstacles on their path to educational success. First Chance explores the remarkable students who, despite considerable adversity, triumph over the odds when given a chance.

Net proceeds will be donated to Give Back.

Mallouk Scholarship Program

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Peter and Veronica Mallouk, we are proud to announce our first publicly-funded state, Kansas. To learn more regarding the devoted work of the Mallouks and their support of Give Back’s mission, visit their page here.

Our Partners

Thank you to our valued partners who welcome and support the Give Back scholars.

Recent Blog Posts

COVID-19 Partner College Response: New York

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardships for many students. In New York, our partner colleges are making great strides to ensure students start and continue their education.

Creating Structure in Times of Uncertainty

Times are complicated. You are stressed by deadlines, and there’s so much happening. Living through this pandemic, your days may lack structure and your academic performance and mental health are affected. We’d like to help you create structure within the uncertainty that surrounds us.

Change a life. Become a Mentor.

With a small time commitment, you can make a big impact.

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Shop to Give Back

There are many ways to support Give Back simply by shopping online as you normally would. As an official AmazonSmile charity, Give Back will receive a percentage of purchases on Many other popular retailers are featured on the Give Back Marketplace. Up to 11% of your purchases from those retailers will be donated to Give Back when you shop through the Marketplace link.