Report Says High School Students Unprepared for College, Career—Chargebacks911 Addresses Education Void, Offers $50,000 in Scholarship Funding

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Chargebacks911 has developed a program that adds value to student experiences within the education system by creating academic goals and funding rewards to better prepare graduates for the working world.

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Not only do we want to raise their grades and inspire improvement to reach their true potential, but we also have a shot at preparing them for the real working world.

Forty percent of high school students graduate prepared neither for traditional college nor for career training, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona (1)—a report that directly correlates with statements from Chargebacks911 officials, who say that a confidence and basic understanding of what employers expect from employees are missing in the modern day workforce. In response to what they deem to be a “lacking labor pool,” Chargebacks911, a dispute mitigation company, announced that they have been approved by the Florida school system to launch Get Paid for Grades. Get Paid for Grades is a program that rewards high school students with up to $50,000 in scholarship funding for tenacity and hard work during their academic careers, in addition to giving them an opportunity to obtain real work experience at Chargebacks911’s Tampa Bay office.

Many argue that the reason young workers are ill-equipped for the workforce today is that the current format of the education has remained the same for nearly 50 years, and they state concerns that the current system does not train students for the skills and characteristics needed for today’s workforce (2). Chargebacks911 co-founder Monica Eaton-Cardone says that Get Paid for Grades aims to overcome this flaw in the education system:

“We’ve set up the program in a way which challenges students by placing them in real working scenarios, while also working to improve their GPA during the semester,” said Eaton-Cardone. “Not only do we want to raise their grades and inspire improvement to reach their true potential, but we also have a shot at preparing them for the real working world.”

Unlike many scholarship programs that are solely contingent upon overall GPA, Get Paid for Grades measures the level of change among the students’ grades. The students who make the greatest change in their overall grades (for example, bringing their average grade from a C to an A) will be awarded $500 and a letter of recommendation, or, if they so choose, $1,000 towards their college tuition.

In addition to this funding, the program also provides students 12 hours of work preparedness workshops at the Chargebacks911 offices, giving the students a higher probability of overcoming the lack of work experience obstacle that many high school and college graduates are facing today.

Eaton-Cardone says that the main goal of the program is to support young adults within the local community. In addition, Chargebacks911 benefits by its employees becoming involved in giving back to the community by way of mentoring students through the work process, which Eaton-Cardone says increases employee self-esteem and production.

Eaton-Cardone anticipates that, pending upon the success of the program, the model will be shared with local communities interested in participating.

Chargebacks911 specializes in servicing merchants and the majority of banking institutions in mitigating chargeback disputes. The company has expanded its gross processing dollars to over $50 million per month for a variety of industries, including cosmetics and skin care, insurance and educational programs, private and public entities, healthcare companies, online dating sites, insurance, retail merchandise, and bid sites.

For more information about Chargebacks911 or Get Paid for Grades, visit

About Chargebacks911:

Co-founder Monica Eaton-Cardone established Chargebacks911 in September, 2012, out of necessity after many years as a merchant struggling to find a solution to chargeback issues. Chargebacks911 was developed specifically for merchants to offer immediate aid through proprietary technology and provide the necessary function that gives merchants the freedom to focus on their core competency and optimize their in-house skill set. Chargebacks911 specializes in servicing Internet merchants, and offers both response and resolution services for chargebacks and cardholder disputes. The company works with merchant clients to help them keep their dispute rates down and retain their ability to accept credit cards. Chargebacks911 provides a unique exception to standard dispute processing for unsatisfied consumers who wish to remedy transactional disputes, without the requirement of additional intermediaries or lengthy correspondence requirements. For more information, visit

1.De Vise, Daniel. “Two-fifths of High School Graduates are Unprepared for College or the Workforce.” N.p., 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

2.Minnesota Daily,, Mar. 6, 2014, Web. Mar. 10, 2014.

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