Hope High Dollars for Scholars Awards First Scholarships!

Pictured left to right: Kristy Berdugo, Alexia Arriaza, Christian Velasquez, Kayla Zarzuela, Alaina Moise, Angeline Gwein


     Hope High Dollars for Scholars made its first round of awards to six deserving students at the Hope High 2012 Honors Day Ceremony on May 29. Scholarships were made possible through the contributions of many generous donors who recognized the value of giving back to their alma mater and to the city of Providence. The six recipients went through a rigorous application process, and were selected from a competitive field of applicants by our chapter's volunteer Awards Committee.

     "We had some difficult choices to make," said Committee Chair Ann Salk Rosenberg '60. "Students put a lot of thought into their essays. Applicants shared a commitment to achievement, many while overcoming significant hardships. We were also fortunate to have the support of the Hope Guidance Department in providing us helpful information as we made our selections."

     Each student received an award in the amount of $1,000, which will go towards college tuition. Our scholarships make a significant difference to these students, many of whom have put together a patchwork of awards and loans to make higher education possible. Hope High Dollars for Scholars is proud to be able to support these worthy learners' ambitions for a bright future through higher education, and thanks the many supporters who made these scholarships a reality.

     Click here if you would like to help Hope High Dollars for Scholars' continuing efforts to support students' higher education goals. Or mail your check to Barbara Shapiro, Treasurer, HMS Financial Group, 333 Elm Street, Suite 210, Dedham, MA 02026


About the Award Recipients

All of the award recipients share a sense of purpose and determination.


Kristy Berdugo, a budding scientist, looks forward to studying chemistry and physics at URI.

Alexia Arriza is headed for a career in criminal justice after she completes her studies at URI.

Christian Velasquez hopes to give back to the community through a career in social work after URI.

Kayla Zarzeula looks forward to a career in forensics once she completes her studies at URI.

Alaina Moise will be majoring in psychology while also fulfilling the requirements for dental school after graduation from Ithaca College.

Angeline Gwein is headed for LaSalle University in Pennsylvania where she plans to major in psychology.

Congratulations and good luck to all award recipients!