FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATORS SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS NH STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2012

For more information, media only, contact: Michele Talwani – 603-641-9441 ext. 239
For more information, general questions, contact: Kyle Beaulieu – 603-641-9441 ext. 259

 

Photo – Educational Scholarship for Homeless Youth Gets Donation: The NH Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA) was recognized for their support of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) Hope Starts Here Scholarship Fund.  From left to right, Mac Broderick (NHASFAA member), Christine Hoch (NHASFAA member), Elizabeth Keuffel (NHASFA President), Maureen Beauregard (NHCEH President), Sheri Gonthier (NHASFAA member), and Susan Proulx (NHASFAA member).

Financial Aid Association Fundraises for NH Coalition to End Homelessness Hope Starts Here Scholarship

MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA) selected the NH Coalition to End Homelessness Hope Starts Here Scholarship Fund as the beneficiary of donations made at its recent annual conference.  The conference raised a total of $750 for the scholarship, which will help support another New Hampshire student to achieve their dream of higher education in 2013.

The Hope Starts Here Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to students living in New Hampshire who have experienced homelessness during their school career, who have the desire to continue their education beyond high school, and who have demonstrated academic achievement.  The 2012 scholarship was awarded to Kayloni Pearson, a junior at the University of New Hampshire.

Each year, the NHASFAA hosts an annual conference to support the work of individuals in the field of student financial aid in New Hampshire.  The association, whose purpose is to promote access to higher education for students, selects a charity organization to fundraise for at the conference.  This year, with the recommendation of Lynda Thistle-Elliott, Director of Homeless Education for the New Hampshire Department of Education, the association chose to support homeless New Hampshire students by selecting the NHCEH’s Hope Starts Here scholarship fund as the beneficiary at its October conference.

“Each year at our annual conference, we look for a charitable organization in the state to support,” said Elizabeth Keuffel, President of the NH Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.  “We chose to support the NH Coalition to End Homelessness because homelessness affects the students and families whom we serve at our respective schools.  We became more aware of their work last spring when they presented information about homeless students at our annual meeting.  We knew that this would be a perfect fit for our conference charity.”

“This group is dedicated to creating access to higher education for students in New Hampshire,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.  “I can’t imagine a better way to support that cause than helping us remove the financial barriers for students who are homeless.”

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through advocacy, education and community organizing.  For more information about the NHCEH, the scholarship fund, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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