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Hope High Dollars for Scholars Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

When Jane Rosenbloom Bermont returned to Hope High School 45 years after her 1965 graduation, it was, she recalls, a discouraging experience. “I remember thinking that these kids don’t have the resources for really enriching extracurricular activities,” Jane shares, adding, “I asked myself, ‘Who’s going to provide them with opportunities to broaden their world?’”

The answer, it turned out, was Jane who, with the suggestion of Hope administrators and the enthusiasm of other alumni friends, established Hope High Dollars for Scholars (HHDfS) “to expand access to educational opportunities for Hope High students by providing one-time and renewable scholarship awards.”

“Hope is a very different school than when we were here,” says Andrea Mattia, ’65, HHDfS’ communications chair, noting, “Most of the students live in families below the poverty line and many of them have to work while attending school.”

Jane continues, “We’re providing scholarships for talented, amazing students who face incredible obstacles. We want the community to know that the scholarship money we’re raising provides not only help to reduce college loans, it provides well-appreciated encouragement.”

One scholarship recipient, Pascaline Uwase, Hope ’15 and currently a University of Rhode Island senior, explains, “It’s one thing for your parents to believe in you and your dreams. But knowing that somebody else sees you as a champ and is willing to give you a chance to live up to your dreams, is beyond what words can express. I am so grateful for what HHDfS is doing for me and others.”

Since its first scholarship award in 2012, HHDfS, an affiliate of Scholarship America’s Dollars for Scholars, has awarded more than $200,000 in one-time and renewable scholarships. In 2018 alone, generous donors enabled HHDfS to award $60,000 in scholarships to 12 seniors with each receiving a new laptop computer and backpack.

Jane says that a permanent endowment is a logical next step for the all-volunteer HHDfS board. “We have three goals for the endowment: good investments, a better connection to the community, and the ability to continue awarding scholarships into the future. We feel confident partnering with the Foundation.”

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