Hope High School’s Dollars for Scholars chapter has been selected as the National Dollars for Scholars New Affiliate of the Year by Scholarship America. The chapter was formed just three years ago by Hope alumni and has awarded $42,000 in college scholarships to 21 deserving Hope High School seniors.
“As we are all aware, college costs can be a significant deterrent to many students considering higher education. Our scholarships help to defray some of those costs. I am so appreciative that Scholarship America has recognized our chapter’s accomplishments – it’s quite an honor,” said Jane Rosenbloom Bermont, president of Hope High School’s Dollars for Scholars.
The New Affiliate of the Year Award honors and recognizes Dollars for Scholars affiliates that have been performing outstanding service to their community for less than five years and that exemplify the commitment of Dollars for Scholars, a division of Scholarship America®, to ensuring that all students have access to postsecondary education.
“On behalf of Scholarship America, I would like to personally thank everyone associated with the Hope High Dollars for Scholars organization for going above and beyond to serve area students and inspire the community,” said Lauren Segal, president and CEO of Scholarship America. “We are thrilled to witness such an extraordinary organization helping local students’ dreams come true and to honor Hope High Dollars for Scholars with this prestigious award.”
As the 2014 New Affiliate of the Year, Hope High Dollars for Scholars will receive a $2,000 award for its scholarship program and will be recognized at Scholarship America’s 5th Annual Dollars for Scholars Award Dinner in Bloomington, Minn. on October 23, 2014.
Hope High Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. Established in February 2011, it is operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors comprised of Hope High School alumni.
Members meet at alumni homes and offices in and around Newton, Mass. and Providence, R.I. They have developed a close working relationship with the guidance department at Hope and have met with students.
Jane Rosenbloom Bermont ’65 founded the chapter after she received a funding request from a Hope teacher to support drama students to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world held in Scotland’s capital city. “I started to think about how I could give back to Hope. I discovered in my research that Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, fit the bill,” said Bermont.
All members share fond memories of Hope and credit the school for playing a positive role in their lives. They also realize how fortunate they were to be able to attend college and realize that for many of today’s Hope students, college opportunities are far from a given. They believe in “paying it forward” so new generations of students can have the same educational opportunities as they did.
According to Jean Musiker ’66, “The success of future generations of Hope High students depends on their access to the kind of opportunity that we had and perhaps took for granted.”
“Hope was a factor in our success,” said Andi Brown ‘69. “We owe a great deal to the school that helped shape us, and we can pay that ‘debt’ by supporting our Dollars for Scholars chapter.”
The Class of 1962 has created the first class scholarship for $4,000 while Louis B. Mendelsohn ’65, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a trading software pioneer and entrepreneur, has sponsored the Louis B. Mendelsohn Entrepreneur Award that provides a $10,000 scholarship to a deserving Hope senior.
The group is expanding beyond reliance on alumni donors and reaching out to corporations and local businesses.
“Our work has been a joy on so many levels,” added Christina Ricci ‘65. “It’s difficult to determine who benefits more, those who receive the scholarships or those who give so generously to provide them. We are proud of our accomplishments in our short three years and look forward to growing our chapter so that we can accomplish more. Our dream would be to provide all Hope seniors who wish to pursue higher education with financial support. We are determined that each year will bring us closer to that goal.”
Hope High Dollars for Scholars is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America, a nationally recognized nonprofit student aid organization. For additional information, go to www.hopehigh.dollarsforscholars.org.