In April 2021, we were very excited to announce our partnership with the Give Something Back Foundation. Give Back is a national foundation that provides full college scholarships to students who have faced adversity and heightened social risks such as economic hardship, foster care, or the incarceration of a parent. Many Give Back scholars are first generation college students who come from families living below the poverty line.
Six of our rising freshman, sophomore, and junior scholars who have GPAs of 3.0 or higher have secured scholarships from Give Back to seven select colleges in New Jersey. Room and board, as well as on-going mentoring, are included with the scholarships. By uplifting and academically motivating participants, Give Back ensures they have the tools and support needed to succeed in college. Through this partnership, HomeWorks is able to continue supporting its scholars long after they graduate from the program. We are very proud of our scholars!
We asked some of the scholarship recipients to briefly describe what this opportunity means to them as they pursue their dreams, today, tomorrow, and beyond.
“This is an opportunity for me to unleash all my academic desires, including traveling abroad (something I’ve always wanted to do) and obtaining my dream career, which is becoming an anesthesiologist. I’m going to continue to persevere on every test and stay on the right track to obtain my goals. Thank you for this opportunity!” - Nkosazana Burke Douglas, Grade 10
"This scholarship means everything to me because it’s a guarantee that I can broaden my future. College is something that’s been instilled into who I am because it’s always been the goal. Now I have the opportunity to go to college and make my parents proud without the burden of money. There are so many things I plan on doing with the opportunity but the most important thing is making it count. I will go to college with my head held high, ready to be apart of my campus, and take control of my education." - Darae Grizzle, Grade 12