National CORE’s Founder’s Room buzzed with excitement as families applauded 35 scholarship winners, who earned a total of $38,000 and 25 laptops to support their academic aspirations, during Hope through Housing’s inaugural Building Bright Futures scholarship ceremony on June 17.

The Building Bright Futures Scholarship began in 2020 to provide additional financial support to high achieving residents living in National CORE affordable housing communities by supplying them scholarships and laptops. Since its inception, Building Bright Futures has awarded $126,000 in scholarships.

To support children and teens in obtaining future success, both in school and beyond, Hope through Housing is committed to increasing college and career readiness through activities during after-school, school success celebrations, career conversations, college-prep activities and scholarships.

“The unwavering support and commitment from Hope through Housing towards our educational journey is nothing short of remarkable,” said Karen Cerecerez, a two-time recipient of the Building Bright Futures scholarship. “The scholarships have not only eased our financial burdens but also empowered us to pursue our dreams with renewed rigor.”

Karen is a single mother and veteran pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science at Mt. San Antonio College with aspirations of a career in law. Despite personal and financial hardships, her passion for community and advocacy has led her down the path to success.

At the event, 16 scholarships and 6 laptops were distributed. Additionally, two returning Building Bright Futures Scholarship recipients received an extra $1,500 for their outstanding academic success.

The nonprofit will hold a separate celebration for the San Diego recipients.

“We feel like the recipients are our family after reading their personal statements,” said Jayne Ruane, a member of the Building Bright Futures scholarship review committee. “These applicants have been navigating an ever-changing world and they really exhibit resilience and ingenuity in overcoming obstacles.”

Our wonderful 2024 Building Bright Futures scholarship recipients are all in the midst of their own amazing journeys – breaking down barriers and achieving success that will inspire countless others.

Read more about some of our recipients:

Tasha Sadler

Trinity Shaker

Aime Bakundukize

Mariana Gonzalez

Jordan Luzzi

Check out the photos here

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