PEMBROKE GRADUATE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 28, 2014

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(PHOTO) PEMBROKE GRADUATE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS – The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness recently awarded Kayla Brown of Pembroke, NH, its “Hope Starts Here” Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to students from New Hampshire who have experienced homelessness during their school career, have demonstrated academic achievement, and have the desire to continue their education.  Pictured is Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas (right), of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, presenting the 2014 “Hope Starts Here” Scholarship award to Kayla Brown (left), graduate of Pembroke Academy, at this year’s New Hampshire Conference on Homelessness.

PEMBROKE GRADUATE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS

Kayla Brown received the $2,000 “Hope Starts Here” Scholarship from the NH Coalition to End Homelessness

MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) awarded its “Hope Starts Here” Scholarship to Kayla Brown at the 2014 New Hampshire Conference on Homelessness.  Ms. Brown, a graduate of Pembroke Academy, received the $2,000 award for her commitment to academic success during a tumultuous period of her life.  Currently, Ms. Brown is attending New Hampshire Technical Institute and is on track to receive her Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2016.

In her application, Ms. Brown wrote about her unsettling childhood, which involved frequent moves, domestic abuse, trauma and, eventually, homelessness.  Through these experiences, Ms. Brown obtained and held a part-time job, secured a dental internship, enrolled in a specialized, rigorous program to graduate high school earlier and kept high academic marks.

“It’s such a blessing to be awarded this scholarship and to have it help with my education,” said Ms. Brown in her acceptance speech. “It’s allowing me to do everything I’ve always dreamed of.”

“We are so happy to award such an amazing student who has endured so much in the early part of her life,” said Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D., Director of the NHCEH.  “By removing some of the financial barriers, we can help students, like Kayla, continue to access affordable post-secondary education.”

The scholarship fund was established to award students currently living in New Hampshire who have experienced homelessness during their school career, have demonstrated academic achievement, and have the desire to continue their education beyond high school. The educational scholarship can be used to help defray the costs of college or post-secondary vocational training program tuition, fees, books, prep courses, or other educational expenses.

Since the scholarship’s inception in 2009, over $10,700 has been provided to homeless students in New Hampshire to offset the costs of higher education.

For more information about the scholarship fund, please visit www.nhceh.org/scholarship.

DONATIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP

Donations for the educational scholarship can be made online by visiting www.nhceh.org/donate.  For more information about donating to this scholarship fund, please contact the NHCEH at [email protected] or 603-641-9441 extension 251.

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

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