Our Mission

AROSE’s (previously known as the Alicia R. Pruitt Foundation) mission is to bridge the opportunity gap for underserved youth in trauma-prone communities through post-secondary scholarships, support services, and community outreach initiatives.

Our Vision

Youth who arose from trauma-prone communities continue their education and become the next generation of leaders.

Our Story

Coming from Flint, Mi, BriElle Bryson was exposed to a shortage of resources, violence, neglect, and abuse. She knew firsthand the impact that various traumas can have on a young adult furthering their education and evolving in their professional career. The ultimate trauma was the unexpected loss of her mother, Alicia Rose Pruitt, in 2017. A businesswoman but a single mother of 3, Alicia was an example of true resilience, compassion, love, and tenacity. It was Alicia’s value in education, faith, perseverance that led BriElle to have a prosperous education and career despite the challenging circumstances she faced growing up.


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Youth Served
$ 20000
Scholarships Awarded
AROSE Scholars


We believe that the opportunity gap exists for students growing up in low income, trauma-prone communities. There is limited access to higher education due to lack of resources, skills, and financial support. AROSE is dedicated to closing this barrier for our youth through their post-secondary program.

Financial Support

Renewable scholarships are provide for first 2 years of post-secondary programs.

Scholar Support

Scholars are paired with a success coach responsible for helping the student navigate the completion and achievement of their academic goals.

Scholar Learning & Development

Scholars receive leadership & personal development training that will equip them with success fundamentals.

Bridging the Gap Towards Higher Education

AROSE helps its scholars transition from high school to their post-secondary programs by providing renewable financial and student support as well as mentorship & networking opportunities throughout the duration of their program.

Scholar Profile

We prioritize Black HS students from low-income communities within metro Chicago, IL and Flint, MI. Our students are high-potential, academically inclined, resilient, and ambitious. However, they have experienced trauma and other devastating circumstances that has placed them at a disadvantage for post-secondary success.

Culturally Relatable

AROSE is led by a group of young black professionals that are culturally relatable to our students.

Invested in Our Communities

AROSE offers more than just scholarships and post-secondary support, we serve youth in our local communities alongside schools and other youth organizations

Alicia R. Pruitt Flint, Michigan

Alicia Rose Pruitt was born March 8, 1967 in Flint, Michigan. She always excelled in her academics, and as an adult was always enrolled in graduate or doctoral courses. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Michigan – Flint, she went on to earn an MBA with a focus in Accounting. Alicia was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Entrepreneur and Businesswoman. She chose to engage with her home community by starting ASAP Accounting, a firm focused on helping many with tax return preparation and remediation of delinquent taxes.

Alicia R. Pruitt was a mother of three and she was the true definition of God’s love. She was a woman of strength, resilience, and love with an outgoing nature. Alicia was always encouraging her children to reach for the stars using education and a “never give up” attitude. Despite being in a city of limited resources, she saw education as a means to rise above. As a result, all three of her children were honor students, graduated from top universities, and have seen success in their respective careers.

God called Alicia home just shy of her 50th birthday. She was a caring mother, wife, sister, and daughter and she will forever be in our hearts.