Hope High Dollars for Scholars®, an affiliate of Scholarship America, presented 11 Hope High School seniors with scholarships totaling $24,500 at its Second Annual Awards Dinner held on May 12.
Scholarships included the $10,000 Louis B. Mendelsohn Entrepreneur Award, the $4,000 James M. Flink Memorial Award and the $4,000 Hope Class of 1962 Award, as well as six $1,000 awards. The Rebecca Gleckman Memorial Award of $500 was shared by the two recipients of the Anthony Medal, an award given by the English Department at the high school.
Over the last four years, 30 Hope students have been awarded a total of $60,000 in scholarships from Hope High School’s Dollars for Scholars chapter.
The Mendelsohn Award has been presented annually since 2013 by Louis Mendelsohn (Hope ’65), President and CEO of Market Technologies, LLC. Mendelsohn said that this significant scholarship award demonstrates his strong connection to Hope as well as “his fervent expectation that his scholarship recipients, through their hard work, determination, patience, focus, and high ethical standards, will pursue careers and achieve success in the private sector, while remembering their humble beginnings and paying their successes forward. I fondly remember my high school experiences at Hope, and am honored to be able to fund this Legacy Scholarship.”
The Class of 1962, through its reunion fundraising efforts, presented the second Hope High class “named” scholarship. Jerry Chorney (Hope ’62) stated that his class could not imagine a more fulfilling way to give back to their high school than to offer this special scholarship opportunity. “We are excited to be part of Hope High Dollars for Scholars and encourage other Hope classes to help provide scholarships for deserving Hope seniors,” Chorney said.
A new award this year, the James M. Flink Memorial Award, was given by Joanne Flink Silver (Hope ’64) and her husband, Robert, in honor of her brother Jim, Class of ’60, a major donor to Hope High Dollars for Scholars in his lifetime. Dr. Flink had a long and distinguished career in academia and industry, including professorships at MIT and the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College in Copenhagen. At Hope High, Jim was a track athlete and received the Wally Sundlun, Jr. award as the Rhode Island Jewish Athlete of the Year in 1961, going on to excel at MIT where he held various sprint records. Jim is a member of the Rhode Island Jewish Athletic Hall of Fame.
The dinner program honored the scholarship recipients, their families, and generous donors. Speakers included Mayor Jorge Elorza, Supt. Dr. Susan Lusi, Hope Principal John Hunt, Louis B. Mendelsohn, and past scholarship recipients.
“Your commitment to future fellow alumni of Hope High School is exemplary, for there is no better way to give back than to pay it forward, to help those students who have come after you to achieve their dreams of higher education,” said Supt. Lusi. “You have all found a fulfilling way to give back to your high school and I hope you feel as proud as our scholarship recipients tonight.”
This year’s scholarship recipients are: Kathleen Bonne-Annee, Alanis Concepcion, Justin Crespo, Jazmin Deleon, Daniella Habib, Shiva Karki, Jeremiah Manteiro, Steve Poueriet, Nathalie Rosado, Loriane Rodrigues, and Pascaline Uwase.
The Hope High Dollars for Scholars Chapter, a non-profit, tax-exempt affiliate of Scholarship America, was founded by Hope alumna, Jane Rosenbloom Bermont, Class of ’65, in 2011. Over the last four years, 30 students have been awarded $60,000 in scholarships. The group welcomes continued support for accomplished Hope High students, most of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.