A Better Chance Andover, a local educational group, held its annual scholar awards dinner last week at the Log Cabin off Highland Road.
The event — this year it was casual barbecue — is held every year to congratulate graduating seniors, current scholars, staff and volunteers of ABC Andover, which brings girls from various inner-city school districts to Andover to be educated at Andover High School.
According to the group's website, "A Better Chance Inc. is a national non-profit whose mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. A Better Chance identifies, recruits, and refers qualified highly-motivated students to outstanding secondary schools, both public and private, which provide scholarships to these students so that they may excel in college and eventually go on to assume positions of leadership and responsibility.
"A Better Chance of Andover (ABC) is one of 21 community school programs (CSP) of A Better Chance Inc. and seeks to carry out these goals through the facilities of its public high school and the extensive support of the Andover community. A Better Chance of Andover admits students who it believes are most likely to benefit from the educational, cultural and social opportunities offered by its unique program.
"Scholarships usually start in 9th grade and continue for four years. The students live in ABC's dormitory on Main Street while school is in session where they are supervised by live-in Resident Directors and Resident Assistants."
The program first opened its doors in Andover in 1967.