Virtual Luncheon

The Creating Leaders for a Lifetime Virtual Luncheon replaces the canceled 2020 A Better Chance Annual Awards Luncheon and ensures we can recognize the successes of our Scholars, Alumni and champions. Each year, the A Better Chance Annual Awards Luncheon generates over $1 million in funding crucial to preparing our students for the Member School admission process. Your support will help ensure we can continue providing these crucial services. 

Join us on October 9 to celebrate the accomplishments of our Scholars and give them the recognition they deserve.

Senior Scholar Award Recipients

Savannah Shepherd
Judith Berry Griffin Award

Sanford School
Hometown: Hockessin, DE

The Judith Berry Griffin Award, named for Judith Berry Griffin, President of A Better Chance from 1982–2003, carries with it a monetary award of $5,000 and is awarded to a senior who has shown exceptional and steadfast determination to achieve. The recipient demonstrates success through perseverance toward personal objectives, in spite of obstacles that might have impeded his or her progress.

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Yasmine Jaffer-Williams
Nancy J. Lucas Memorial Award

Wellesly A Better Chance
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

The Nancy J. Lucas Memorial Award was established in loving memory of our Senior Program Coordinator who served the New York Metro Area from 1985 to 2002. Ms. Lucas’s family, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters, A Better Chance colleagues, and countless Alumni who benefited from her services have endowed this award. The award, and the $3,500 that accompanies it, is given to a Scholar who demonstrates leadership in promoting equity and justice at his or her school or offers special encouragement to peers.

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Bella Guel

Menlo School
Hometown: Atherton, CA

Dylan Blackett

Academe of the Oaks
Hometown: Decatur, GA

Nicholas Crawford

Kent School
Hometown: New York, NY

Nancy Xu

The Spence School
Hometown: New York, NY

Joyce Jogwe

Sage Hill School
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Julissa Acevedo

Ridgefield A Better Chance
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

Thank You To Our Sponsors

A Better Chance’s work is not possible without the generous support of our donors and partners. We thank the following individuals, Alumni and institutional and corporate partners who made significant contributions to Creating Leaders for a Lifetime.

Streaming Sponsor
Costas Family Foundation
Henry R. Kravis
Laurie and Peter Allan Atkins
Ronald R. and Mary H. Pressman
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Stanley Black & Decker
Theo and Dana Killion

Live Sponsor
American Express Foundation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kurt and Roxanna Van Wagenen

Deans List Sponsor
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer, Katcher
Robert H. and Kate S. Niehaus
Roger Ferguson and Annette Nazareth
Trinh C. Du
Sheila M. Marmon

Salutatorian Sponsor
Brian & Joelle Kelly Family Foundation
The Smith and Kushmerick Family Fund
P.O.W.E.R Foundation, Inc
The Schwartz Family Foundation
Michael P. Rogan
Robert A. and Sydney Kindler
Lloyd M. Abramowitz
The Dapa Foundation
Harrison J. Goldin
Amy and Joe Perella Charitable Fund 
Ronald L. Thompson
Blair and Cheryl Effron
Curtis H. Barnette
Earle and Elizabeth Yaffa
Eric and Lori Friedman
Eric and Stacy Cochran
Frank D. Yeary
Glen and Lynn Tobias 
James A. and Alise Ferency
Michael W. Mitchell
Neil Leff
Robert Pincus
Robert and Maryann Marston
Stephen M. Wolf
Steven R. Lipin
Tim and Deborah McChristian