2016 Hope Through Learning Award Winners

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Mircalene (center) receives her award from HCEF Executive Director, Bill Wolfe (left) and Chair of the HCEF Educational Resources and Programming Committee, Jeff Martin (right).

On Thursday, July 21, HCEF honored five inspiring young people with the 2016 Hope Through Learning Award. We celebrated these college-bound recipients with a ceremony at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

The Hope Through Learning Award is a financial award available to young people who have persevered against homelessness and are applying to post-secondary education programs. Recipients can use their award for tuition, school-related expenses such as books or a computer, or living expenses, such as transportation, child care, or housing.

We are excited to introduce you to this year’s awardees:

  • Michael graduated from Harari College Worldwide and was accepted to study education and political science at Dartmouth.
  • Camille graduated from Imani Christian Academy and was accepted to Ohio University to study mechanical engineering.
  • Dakira graduated from North Hills Senior High School and was accepted to Temple University to study biochemistry. She eventually wants to attend medical school at Duke.
  • Khai graduated from Pittsburgh Science Technology Academy and was accepted to Siena Heights University to study physical therapy.
  • Mircalene graduated from Obama Academy of International Studies and was accepted to CCAC to study nursing. She eventually wants to become a physician’s assistant.


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