Forty Thousand Dollars in Scholarships Presented At Our 2016

Hope High Dollars for Scholars®  Awards Dinner


"This event has to be the best event for inner-city scholars that I have ever attended. Hope High School Dollars for Scholars allowed these deserving young people to be treated as they should. Our community has so much promise and events such as yours allowed community leaders like me to know that "Hope" is real and alive within our city!"

Kobi Dennis, Community Leader, Providence, RI.



"Thank you so much for believing in me."............Hafzat Akanni

"Thank you for helping me achieve academic success."............Chanda Nuth

"Thank you so much for your generosity."..........Raymond Perez

"Thank you so much for your kindness.  I really appreciate it.".......Jennifer Quenes

"Thank you for all you do for our Hope Students!"............Diane West, Guidance

I was so moved by this celebration that I hope to be on the invitation list for years to come.".....Our Featured Dinner Speaker, Bill Reynolds, Author:

2016 Hope High Dollars for Scholars Award Winners

L to R:   Raymond Perez, Hafzat Akanni, Blanca Colato, Chanda Nuth, Evangeline Bemah-Stokes, Jennifer Quenes, Tempestt Spivy;

Back:     Austin Forestier, Jessica Dough

Not Pictures: Jonathan Goncalves

These joyous words truly captured the celebratory emotions we all felt at the third annual Hope High Dollars for Scholars May 16 Awards Dinner. More than 150 attendees, including scholarship recipients and families, donors, sponsors, community leaders, and HHDfS Board members, packed the Shriners Imperial Room to honor nine 2016 scholarship recipients.  



Hope High Dollars for Scholars® (HHDfS), an affiliate of Scholarship America, held its Third Annual Awards Dinner on May 16, 2016 at the Shriners Imperial Room, Cranston, RI. More than 150 guests congratulated nine of eleven Hope seniors who received a total of $40,000 in scholarships and laptops. Samsonite donated backpacks as a special gift to the recipients.  Needless to say, the laptops and accessories were a big hit!  Since its inception in 2011, HHDfS has awarded $100,000 in scholarships and programmatic support to 42 deserving Hope seniors and the school.


Bill Reynolds, an award winning Providence Journal sports columnist and author of Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream was the keynote speaker. He spoke about Providence, a city clearly defined by class differences, about his experience in documenting the 2012 basketball team, about the unwavering dedication and struggles of its coaches, and about kids with talent and love of the game who face daily challenges and odds most of us cannot begin to imagine. "I entered Hope as a writer looking for a story about basketball.  I left Hope with a story about so much more."


Within the halls of Hope High, there are many talented and accomplished students who want to achieve great things and positively impact the future of the city or even the world, students like Hafzat Akanni. Hafzat, the 2016 Louis B. Mendelsohn Entrepreneur Award recipient said, "I believe in lifting America from a sea of racial inequity to an elevated platform of unity and righteousness."


Our Four Year Renewable Scholarships:

"HHDfS, along with Scholarship America®, believes education changes the lives and powers economic prosperity for all. An important metric for our educational system is college completion rates. Financial challenges can often impede students from completing college, so our ongoing strategy is to fund more renewable scholarships that guarantee four years of financial support." Jane Bermont, President, HHDfS.



The Louis B. Mendelsohn Scholarship, awarded each year since 2011, was presented by Lane Mendelsohn, Vice President, Market Technologies, LLC, to Hafzat Akanni who will attend Boston University as a journalism major. As Lane remarked, "My dad's enthusiasm and dedication to Hope High School has inspired me to continue the Mendelsohn family's support for this special scholarship; we hope to inspire other businesses to do the same."


In its third year, The Class of 1962 Award was presented by Jerry Chorney, Hope '62, to Raymond Perez who will attend Syracuse University as an occupational therapy major. Raymond, a stand-out Hope basketball player, coached Special Olympics Basketball and found his passion. "I loved this coaching experience because I could use one of my talents to give back to autistic teens."


Two new renewable scholarships were presented.  The Class of 1965 Award was awarded to Evangeline Bemah-Stokes by Tom Aquino, Hope '65. She plans to major in law and politics at Rhode Island College. "I have a passion for the history of African-Americans and I am determined to keep that passion at the center of my education and career." Blanca Colato, received the Norton "Nocky" Rappaport Memorial Award from Steven Rappaport, Hope '67. "My family cannot imagine a better way to honor our father and give back to the school he loved." Blanca will use this scholarship to study at CCRI and pursue social work. "I love kids. They bring happiness into my life."


Our One-time Awards:

Myra K. Latimer presented a special award honoring her son who, at age 24, was a victim of violence. Austin Forestier received the Steven K. Latimer Memorial Award. "Austin is a survivor of a violent community," Myra said, "and helping kids like Austin is how I give back."  Austin will pursue journalism and criminal justice at Rhode Island College.


Ann Salk Rosenberg, HHDfS Awards Committee Chair, presented four $1000 awards to Hope seniors Chanda Nuth, Jennifer Quenes, Jessica Dough, and Tempestt Spivey.


Our Sponsors:

Citizens Bank and Nortek topped the list of corporate sponsors, along with many other businesses and individuals who share our mission. "Education is one of the best ways to support the community," said Amy White, Nortek's Director of Communication. "Nortek is pleased to partner with other supporters to make college possible for so many deserving students from Hope High."


 "I'm an annual sponsor of HHDfS because I see the dedication of the people behind the scenes and the impact it has on the lives of young students who might otherwise be faced with yet another obstacle in their academic lives. Great people who do great things that simply work!"  Anthony Roberson, Detective, Providence Police Department.