Building an Educated Community

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Hope High Dollars for Scholars (HHDfS), an affiliate of Scholarship America, is excited to announce its 2017-2018 Annual Appeal. To date, $152,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 54 Hope scholars. With donor support, Hope High Dollars for Scholars can continue to build an educated community of Hope scholars - opening up the world and enabling our Hope graduates to become productive and engaged members of their communities.

"By providing much-needed financial resources to students, Hope High Dollars for Scholars removes some of the financial obstacles that prevent Hope High School students from obtaining a post-secondary education. Their generosity assists each recipient to achieve the American educational dream."  

Jimps Jean-Louis, Hope Guidance

"A college education and scholarship allowed me to enjoy a wonderful career, take pride in seeing my children go to college and have their own wonderful careers, as well as having the time and resources to volunteer in my community. I want the same for these Hope students."

Marsha Kirshenbaum, Hope '61


Here's how Hope High Dollars for Scholars is changing lives and launching careers:

"I am so excited to be in graduate school at RIC studying for my masters in social work. My gap year, working for City Year as a mentor in a Providence middle school, cemented my determination to work with disadvantaged kids and families." 
Chris Velasquez, 2012 HHDfS Scholar

"I am an Ithaca College graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. I am working as a behavior specialist while studying for my dental boards. I plan to enroll in dental school in Fall 2018. I shall never forget my feeling of confidence when I received my scholarship."
Alaina Moise, 2012 HHDfS Scholar


About Hope High Dollars for Scholars: Hope High Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit, tax exempt affiliate of Scholarship America, served by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Its mission is to expand access to educational opportunities for Hope students by supporting college readiness programs and providing scholarships. To DONATE online or by mail: click the DONATE NOW tab above.




"A Night To Remember"
May 9, 2017

Twelve Hope High Students received
$52,000 in scholarships

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Anthony Roberson, Providence Police Detective
Keynote Speaker

 Christian Velasquez, 2012 HHDfS Scholar, Speaker






   HHDfS Board Members and Guest









Lisbeth & Leinni Valdez, Juan Corona, and Guests                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



Thank you to everyone who shared in this celebration dinner and helped us honor these very special
Hope High seniors!



Tre'quan Armstrong
Johnson & Wales
Juan Corona
Maria Dasilva
Kossivi Dogbey
Valentina Gomez
Daniella Habib
Gustavus Adolphus
Lisa Cid Mota
Channel Rosario Perez
Fady Santana
Leinni Valdez
Berk Yilmaz
UMass Amherst


Louis B.  Mendelsohn, CEO of Market Technolgies,LLC,  shares his experience and views on business participation.

Ultimately, sustaining and growing a business depends on quality employees and a growing customer base. Through HHDfS, our community has an opportunity to strengthen our future by supporting well-educated employees and potential leaders for the next generation.  What better way to support the RI business ecosystem than to help capable, financially-challenged Hope High seniors further their education.  Program details click here!


For more information about this program, please contact:  Christina Ricci, Fundraising Chair: 617-833-1611 or






2016 Hope High Dollars for Scholars Recipients







Register to Attend*

I can't attend, but I'd like to make a donation


TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

4:30 pm Meet and Greet

6:00 pm Dinner

Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room

One Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI


*To register by phone or check, contact: 

Nancy Hawksley, Hope '66

401 742-4436


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Our 2012 Recipients Have Graduated from College - Celebrating Their Success!

You helped make their college dreams reality!


Pictured left to right:

Kristy Berdugo, Alexia Arriaza, Christian Velasquez, Kayla Zarzuela, Alaina Moise, Angeline Gwein


Congratulations to all!

Our first recipient group holds a special place in our hearts.

They cannot thank you enough for believing in them.



HHDfS is  proud to share the achievements of our 2012 scholarship recipients. 


Alexia Arriaza - graduated University of Rhode Island, December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish.  Alexia is currently working at Horton Interpreting Inc. as a medical interpreter and plans to pursue a Masters in Spanish.


Kristy Berdugo - began University of Rhode Island as a chemistry major, but fell in love with animal science.  Kristy will graduate May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She hopes to work in a research lab or pursue a veterinary degree upon graduation.


Angeline Gwein - is a May 2016 graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA with a major in psychology. She is employed by APM PHILA as a case worker supporting families moving through the court system. 


Alaina Moise - attends Ithaca College majoring in Applied Psychology with a Pre-Med concentration.  Alaina will graduate December 2016 with plans to apply to dental school.


Christian Velasquez - graduated University of Rhode Island May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and minors in Psychology and Spanish.  He is currently employed by City Year, Providence, RI as a mentor/tutor for at-risk students.  He plans to pursue a Masters in Psychology.


Kayla Zarzuela - is currently a 5 year undergraduate at University of Rhode Island with a double major, maintaining a 3.00 GPA. Kayla will graduate May 2017 and is looking to pursue a  graduate program in social work.




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