First Generation Hope Scholarship is an annual project hosted by Elite Sisterhood, Inc, that provides the graduating seniors with book scholarships for college. Founded in 2016, the initiative has been supported through individual donors and fundraising activities. In the spring of 2016, Atlanta based designer Tracy Nicole hosted 'Shop For a Purpose" a pop up shop that dedicated a portion of each sale to the First Generation Hope Scholarship Fund. Last year, 75 % of the participants of the senior members in Elite Sisterhood, Inc. were first generation college attendees. 33% of the members were first generation high school graduates. As we strive to promote education among our young ladies, we offer the scholarships as a level of support to inspire and encourage them to remain steadfast in their academic journeys.
Furthermore, the First Generation Hope Scholarship fosters a sense of accomplishment and encourages the young ladies to continue to achieve their dreams. According to the New York Times, "70% of college students who drop out attribute it to finances." Our goal is to provide a foundation for the young ladies to receive a jumpstart with a positive experience in college.
In May 2017, we will have 7 of our 10 Elite Sisterhood, Inc. members who will be first generation college attendees. It is vital that our organization supports these young ambitious leaders. The Awesome Foundation Grant will enable us to provide book scholarships for these deserving scholars.
Funded by Atlanta, GA (April 2017)