Hope High Dollars for Scholars® Named Scholarship America's®New Affiliate of the Year

Our affiliate has been successful because, as Hope alumni, we care about "paying it forward". Many of us came from families where it was a given that we would be going on to college. For today's Hope students, college opportunities are far from a given. A key HHDFS donor and sponsor of the Louis B. Mendelsohn Entrepreneur Award $10,000 Scholarship is one such example. Lou, a 1965 Hope graduate, explains, "A remarkable junior high school English teacher and mentor, Lou Filippelli, and encouragement from teachers at Hope inspired me to apply to Carnegie Mellon University, which was instrumental in my future success as a trading software pioneer and entrepreneur. It's extremely rewarding for me to pay it forward by assisting future generations of deserving Hope graduates to realize their dreams through higher education coupled with ambition, perseverance and hard work."

Hope High Dollars for Scholars® is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America, a nationally recognized non-profit student aid organization. For additional information, please go to www.hopehigh.dollarsforscholars.org.

Scholarship America® mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed more than $3.1 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 2 million students, funding both entry-level and multi-year scholarships and emergency financial grants. More information is available at www.scholarshipamerica.org .



Scholarship America Recognizes Hope High Dollars for Scholars  Program


Hope High Dollars for Scholars' status as a preeminent source for college readiness and scholarship programs in the community continues at a fast pace and makes the affiliate a 2014 H. Stuart and Marlys C. Johnson National New Affiliate of the Year.

The affiliate is "three years young," but that hasn't stopped a committed alumni board to serve Hope High School's diverse, urban population. Thanks to immediate outreach to fellow alumni, the affiliate was able to award $6,000 in scholarships in its first year. Proactive networking, marketing efforts and fundraisers resulted in more than tripling Hope High Dollars for Scholars awards to $20,000 just two years later, which has enabled the affiliate to start offering renewable scholarships.

Apart from awards, the board continues its goal to develop their students as leaders. Many award recipients have already taken a leadership skills course and have attended leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. The affiliate also encourages students to stay engaged with board members and volunteers for networking and mentoring, ensuring that the affiliate's motivation and rigor to pay it forward results in students' future success.   ( click for Link to Scholarship America Information ).