The Scott Willis Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, in memory of Scott, is funded by Diane Hock and Russell Shea and is to be utilized for emergency funding. This scholarship currently supports two young women that live in the village near Shades of Hope. Irene is a 14 year old girl who lost her funding to finish school when her grandmother could no longer support her. Marry is 18 years old and attending Severin College so she can learn a trade to support herself.
The Charles Calvert Memorial Scholarship
The Charles Calvert Memorial Scholarship is being funded by Scott's Grandparents, Barbara and James Hock. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Barbara's brother who passed away in 2012.
The Wohlfort Family Scholarship
The Wohlfort Family Scholarship was established by Bonnie and Phil Wohlfort and their children, Jamie and her husband Brian and daughter Brooke, Allie and her husband Will, and Greg. The Wohlfort family supports Baraka’s education, medical, uniforms, books, food and clothing. We know he will become great friends with Brooke.
The Anderson Family Scholarship
The Anderson Family Scholarship is funded by Brady Anderson and his daughter Brianna. Brady and Brianna are sponsoring Elishadai. He is a handsome 4 year old who was abandoned by his mother when he was 2 years old. He and his grandfather lived on the street until he came to Shades of Hope this year. Brianna is excited to communicate with Elishadai and welcome this “little brother” to her family.
The Dewalt Family Scholarship
The Dewalt Family Scholarship is funded by Scott’s Aunt Kim, Uncle Matt Dewalt and their daughters Peyton and Riley. The Dewalt family is sponsoring Yvonne. Kim met Yvonne when she visited Shades of Hope in May 2019 and the pair quickly bonded. Yvonne loved looking at Kim’s photos and was so excited to learn that she has 2 sisters and a dog in America.
The Christine Raphael Scholarship
The Christine Raphael Scholarship was established by Mollie and Joey Bracigliano in honor of Mollie's parents. They are sponsoring three brothers - Shedrack, Lawrence and Yohana. They are happy and healthy 5, 6 and 7 year olds attending Shades of Hope School. This scholarship will fund their education, uniforms, books, boarding, food, clothing and healthcare. Diane and Kate spent time with the brothers when they visited Rafiki and they know that Mollie and Joey are the perfect pair to makes these little boys' dreams come true.
The Willis Five Scholarship
The Willis Five Scholarship is funded on behalf of the five Willis grandchildren. This scholarship will support Hamima as she begins the Shades of Hope School. Kate and Diane met Hamima when they visited Africa. She made such an impression on them that they knew they wanted her to be a special part of their family. Through this scholarship, she will be provided an education at Shades of Hope School as well as clothing, medical and personal needs. Hamima turned 8 years old during our visit in October 2018. We are looking forward to the day when Hamima will meet the Willis grandchildren when they visit Africa.
Nancy Rosenstadt Memorial Scholarship
Our dear friend Susan Skiles funded the Nancy Rosenstadt Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will support Lulu at Shades of Hope School. Lulu lives at the school with her brother Baraka. Susan’s generosity will provide an education as well as food, clothing, medical and personal needs. Susan met Lulu when she visited Shades of Hope in May 2019 with her granddaughter, Acadia. Nancy would be so proud of Susan for honoring her.
Anna & Rick’s Scholarship
Anna and Rick are sponsoring Najima’s education. Najima came to Shades of Hope when her family could no longer support her due to her medical needs. She is 8 years old. Rick and Anna plan to visit Najima one day and meet her in person. Thank you!
The Azevedo Family Scholarship
There was an instant connection when Scott’s Aunt Suzy, Uncle Tom and cousin Luke Azevedo met Elisha for the first time during their visit to Shades of Hope. Even though there was a language barrier, this little boy knew that he found a family to love and support him. I’m sure he can’t wait to meet his brother Eric one day. Elisha is full of joy.
The Hladki and Moghadaspour Families Scholarship
When Becky and Carmela visited Shades of Hope, they didn’t know that they would be changing the life of a shy little boy named Richard Patrick. It didn’t take long for Richard to smile when he met these wonderful ladies. Both extended families are so excited about being part of Richard’s life.