2015 Hope High Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Hope High Dollars for Scholars held its second annual awards dinner, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Dwares, Jewish Community Center in Providence, RI.  More than 100 attendees, including scholarship recipients and their families; Hope High's principal, guidance counselors, faculty, and staff; Providence's Superintendent of Schools; generous donors and friends; and Hope Dollars for Scholars board members and volunteers came to celebrate these special students.  Twenty-four thousand five hundred dollars in scholarship awards were presented to eleven Hope seniors.

Scholarship Recipients:    From Left to Right:

Jazmin Deleon;   Steve Poueriet;   Shiva Karki;    Kathleen Bonne-Annee;   Alanis Concepcion;   Daniella Habib;   Pascaline Uwasa;   Loriane Rodrigues

Absent from Photo:

Justin Crespo;   Nathalie Rosado;   Jeremiah Monteiro

 

It was these eleven seniors who made the evening special beyond words. Their personal stories and heartfelt "thank yous" brought tears to the eyes of everyone who came to celebrate their accomplishments.  For example...

Pascaline received the $10,000 Louis B. Mendelsohn Entrepreneur Award. She came here only three years ago from Rwanda and Uganda. At Hope, she excelled in math and science and is interested in bio-medical engineering. " I have developed the zeal to prove to the world that women can excel in engineering. My goal is to build a hospital in Rwanda."i

Shiva was awarded the $4000 James M. Flink Memorial Award. He came to Rhode Island three years ago under the auspices of the United Nations." I was born in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp of 10,000 where food and housing were the priorities.  My education resources were scarce and my dreams were limited. I can now dream about my future and make my family proud. " Shiva wishes to pursue a medical degree, return to his homeland, and help his community.

Justin, a $1000 award recipient, looks to his mom as his role model.  His family's financial struggles were lessened when his mom was able to find work in the healthcare field. And Justin wishes to follow in his mom's footsteps and dreams of becoming a surgeon. "My life goals will be challenging, but I determined to do it!"

Steve, another $1000 award recpient, listened to his mom about the importance of education. He excelled in all his AP courses - calculus, statistics, and physics, ran track, and was one of the most talented musicians in Hope's Jazz Band.  He will study computer engineering.  "I want to be part of ground breaking, radical changes in technology that will provide better lives for others.  I shall be a role model for my family, friends, and community."

Some work part time jobs to supplement their family's income. Some come from homes where English is not their first language. All are the first in their families to attend college.  They will pursue degrees in medicine, engineering, and computer science. All are determined to better themselves, their families and to give back to their communities.

So, for our eleven Hope seniors who have overcome more obstacles than many of us could ever imagine, and for our future recipients, please continue to support Hope High Dollars for Scholars. 

You will make a difference in their lives and your generosity will make a difference in your own life, as well.  As Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Children's Defense Fund, so eloquently states, "Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."