The entire Hope AcademyÂ community is celebrating this month becauseÂ five Hope Academy students were just awarded $800,000 in college scholarshipsÂ over four years from Bethel University and the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, as part of the Act Six scholars program.
Selected through a rigorous, three-month competition among more than 200 applicants, Yosief Temnewo (2014 Hope graduate), Ruth Norman (future 2015 Hope graduate), Matthew Anfinson (2015), Shania Castillo (2015), and Joshua Gillespie (Hope Academy 8th grade graduate; son of staff member Darrell Gillespie) were among 27 urban students chosen for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.
On the day of harvest, everyone rejoices-notÂ just those who wielded the sickle. Everyone who contributed to making a crop is happy when the harvest is brought in.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this communal joy in developing people. He said,Â “I planted,Â Apollos watered,Â but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Cor. 3:6-7
Last week, Act Six scholars began an intensive seven month training program that involves retreats, campus visits, and weekly meetings to equip them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
As contributors to Hope Academy, you have a part in our joy in their success. Rejoice with us, and join us in praising God who deserves the glory.
As the Scripture says, “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything (in comparison), but only God who gives the growth.”
With great gratitude,
Head of School
P.S. – Please join our Hope Scholars Breakfast on Thursday, May 28 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.Â to learn how you can play a critical role in bridging the gap to college for many more Hope students. RSVP to email@example.com.