Generation Hope Scholar Application
The 2017/2018 Generation Hope Scholar Application is now closed, but extensions can be granted on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to apply and need an extension, please contact Director of Programming Caroline Griswold Short at email@example.com or 202-642-5649. Thank you!
What is Generation Hope?
Generation Hope began in March 2010 when Nicole Lynn Lewis, a former teen mother who attended the College of William & Mary while raising her infant daughter, decided to put her dream of helping more teen parents beat the odds in motion. She envisioned an organization that would encourage and support other teen parents in their pursuit of a college degree. Nicole's life -- and her daughter's life -- was truly transformed by graduating from college, and she wanted to help others realize their full potential and obtain stable and successful futures.
What do Generation Hope Scholars receive?
$1,200/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 2-year college, $2,400/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 4-year college
Mentoring—each Scholar is matched with a caring, adult mentor who works with you one-on-one until you graduate, providing you with emotional support, guidance, and friendship;
Support of Generation Hope staff, who can help you access resources, manage crises, etc;
Trainings in life skills, career readiness, etc;
Free tutoring, as necessary;
Access to an Emergency Fund for financial crises;
Access to fun, family-friendly events such as field trips.
Who is eligible for Generation Hope?
To be eligible, a student MUST
Be a teen parent (defined as pregnant/expecting by age 19) and 25 or younger at the time of application;
Be raising or actively involved in their child’s life (defined by regular support and care of your child;
Be attending - or planning to attend - college starting the Fall 2017 semester in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and seeking an undergraduate two or four-year degree;
Be a US Citizen, legal US Resident, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status;
If a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident, submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or proof of FAFSA submission
Be planning to take a minimum of 6 credits each semester.
What are the requirements of Generation Hope Scholars?
Meet with your mentor in-person at least once a month, and communicate at least every other week;
Attend an initial training on July 8, 2017 and at least one In-Service training each year;
If you are a freshman and have not tested out of developmental reading/writing classes, you must attend Generation Hope’s Summer Bridge course, which will take place July 22 and July 29, 2017.
Attend the Generation Hope Gala and Hope Conference each June;
Respond to communication from Generation Hope staff within 24 hours;
Submit midterm and final grades each semester.