Tuesday, May 10, 2011

College Scholarship for HYI Client

On Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 pm an awards ceremony will be held at the Vienna Community Center. The Vienna Womens Club is awarding 3 special young ladies with a $1000 scholarship to a college of their choice. One of these young ladies is Jania, a client of The Alternative Houses newest program Homeless Youth Initiative.
Jania came to our program in early 2010. Although she was surrounded by family, her pervious living situation included living under very restrictive rules and guidelines that would seem unfair to most people. Because her mother could not afford to move away from those family members and into her own home, Jania continued to live in the restrictive environment until her counselor referred her to Homeless Youth Initiative.
While residing in the HYI group home Jania completed her junior year of high school and started preparing to attend college. Now a senior Jania looks forward to being a high school graduate and starting college at Northern Virginia Community College in the fall to obtain her Associates Degree. She plans to major in Business Administration and then transfer to a four year institution to complete her Bachelors Degree.
A scholarship from the Vienna Womens Club will bring her one step closer to her goal. Jania is very excited to be a recipient of this scholarship. She worked very hard on her application and essay submission and is proud to see all of her hard work pay off. We at HYI are very proud of Jania as well and know she will continue to be successful in her future endeavors.

Gege Latef
Program Coordinator
Homeless Youth Initiative