l-r; Sharon K. Roberson, YWCA President & CEO, Nicole Chaput Guizani, Chaput-Avery Family Foundation, LaRhonda Magras, YWCA Sr. VP Program Operations and Girls Inc.

NASHVILLE, TN — The Chaput-Avery Family Foundation announced today a commitment to fund a new program for Girls Inc. at YWCA  Nashville & Middle Tennessee named “The Chaput-Avery Scholars Program.”  Girls Inc. is a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With more than 1,400 Girls Inc. sites across the United States and Canada, Girls Inc. focuses on the whole girl, giving her the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.   

The Chaput-Avery Family Foundation, founded in 2018 by Bob and Mary Chaput, is dedicated to strengthening leadership skills in girls and young women. This new program is designed to increase the ability for girls to attend and graduate from college. The Chaput-Avery Scholars Program will include two components:

1. In-School Programming — 24 weekly sessions focused on building confidence and achieving academic, personal, and career goals. 

2. Monthly Workshops — 10 sessions of in-depth exploration of leadership and college readiness.

Initially involving students participating in Girls Inc. at Antioch High School, the program will involve up to 10 girls in 11th grade and up to 10 girls in 12th grade, every year for four years. The goal is to increase the number of girls being admitted to, and graduating from, four-year colleges. The Chaput-Avery Scholars Program will begin this summer.

“I could not be more excited to be involved in this program and helping it to succeed in our goals,” said longtime educator Nicole Chaput Guizani and member of the Chaput-Avery Foundation. “The people involved in Girls Inc. here in Nashville have been equally enthusiastic in developing the syllabus, program content, and supporting the Foundation goals.”

A second initiative funded by the Foundation is the Chaput-Avery Foundation Scholarship, a $12,500 scholarship each year to assist an eligible Chaput-Avery Scholars Program participant in financing the cost of attending a four-year college. The grant can help cover a portion of the cost of tuition, text books, and/or transportation, in addition to other required fees or necessary costs.  

“The Chaput-Avery Scholars Program will be a game changer for our girls. It has the ability to create immediate and long-lasting change in their lives and in generations to follow,” said Sharon K. Roberson, President and CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. “We are extremely grateful to the Chaput-Avery Family for investing in our Girls Inc. youth, and we all look forward to witnessing the impact these strong, smart and bold young women will make in our community and the world!”