Pedro Hernandez is fighting to be released from custody in enough time to claim his scholarship to attend college after being arrested for attempted murder. A judge offered him a deal where a guilty plea would result in five years of probation and a clean record after. However, Hernandez is insistent he’s innocent and wouldn’t accept the terms, according to PIX 11.
In yet another lesson on not presuming to know anyone’s struggles, a 16-year-old in Washington D.C. is getting all of the applause she deserves.
Destyni Tyree has been living in one of the city’s largest homeless shelters along with more than 240 other families after her mother lost her job and they struggled to keep up with rising rent costs.
Despite that, she’s managed to graduate high school in only two years, get a full-ride scholarship to Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was captain of the cheerleading team and was voted prom queen. Oh, and this all happened while she was working a 25-hour a week part-time job.
Viral video sensations seem to pop up on a monthly basis. But with that incredibly fast turnover, many of the people behind them either go completely unnoticed or don’t get to reap any benefit. The creators of the Running Man Challenge, a viral dance sensation, aren’t going to be on that list.
Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about how they came up with what would go on to become the Running Man Challenge and how it spread so quickly.
Tuition-free college in the United States is becoming more likely as time goes on. The latest step to make what was once a far-fetched dream into a legitimate reality came in Detroit. The Detroit Promise Zone program that launched this part March will make attending any of Detroit’s five community colleges tuition-free for high school seniors who attended public, private or charter schools in the city.
The Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. has been helping make education more accessible to black students for decades. It’s most recent method of doing so has been the Annual HBCU College Festival.
The 14th Annual HBCU College Festival was held this past February at T.C. Williams High School and brought in more than 3,000 students from all over the country. By placing students in the same room as representatives of some of the country’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, more than 1,000 students were admitted into at least one institution and received more $2.1 million in scholarships, according to the Root.
7-year-old Blake Ansari is a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, we talked about the amazing work that Blake is doing to make his city better.
Now, we are pleased to announce that Ansari is a proud honoree on the Kohl’s Foundation Regional Philanthropist list for 2014. Details of the program can be read below.
At just 9-years-old, Justus Uwayesu became an orphan and street beggar in Rwanda. He had not bathed in more than a year when an American charity worker, Clare Effiong found him.
Fast forward 13 years and Mr. Uwayesu isn’t just living in a different world, but rising through the academic ranks of not just his nation, but America’s. After learning English, French, Swahili and Lingala, the man, now 22, enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-scholarship.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Cellular and the Ford Motor Company Fund, announced it will present a four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation college scholarship to a member of the Jackie Robinson West League.
A Washington, D.C. teen who spent the past two years living at a homeless shelter is now preparing to speak as valedictorian of her graduating class.
Rashema Melson, 18, will deliver the speech at Anacostia High School’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday.