Banneker student wins Redskins scholarship

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation has awarded its annual college scholarship to Yasmine Arrington, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in the District.

Arrington last year founded a nonprofit organization called ScholarCHIPS (Children of Incarcerated Parents), and raised $5,000 to disburse to area high school seniors who have incarcerated parents. Snyder informed Arrington, whose own father is incarcerated and whose mother is deceased, that in addition to the $25,000 scholarship, he would match the $5,000 she had raised for other students.

“Anything we can do to help the lives of our young people, we’ll do,” said Redskins owner Dan Snyder. “When I grew up a Redskins fan, I remember the influence players had on me, and to be able to do this, as well as the other work our charitable foundation does for children in our community, it’s just a lot of fun.”

Back in March,the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund solicited applications for the $25,000 scholarship. On Thursday afternoon, Arrington received a call from Snyder, who informed her that she had been selected.

Arrington, who has a 3.2 GPA, is a published poet, has received several oratorical and writing awards and plays basketball, tennis and volleyball. She will attend Elon University in the fall.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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