Kyle started at Skagit Valley College (SVC) through the Life Transitions Program soon after getting out of the Skagit County Jail. After getting enrolled at SVC, Kyle went to check out the marine center and was hooked. For the next two years, Kyle spent a lot of his time at the marine center, working on boats, and cruising through his coursework.
As Kyle came closer to completing his degree, he wondered how he could give back. How could things have been improved for his as he started in college recently released from jail? Could there be a scholarship for only students who have been incarcerated? Kyle started the Second Chance Scholarship to meet this need. He built a boat mainly of donated materials, raffled it off at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, and caught the attention of the community. The scholarship has raised over $50,000 as of June 2019 and is a permanently endowed scholarship with the SVC Foundation. The scholarship has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of students at SVC for years to come.