PROUD AWARDEES—Awardees Kelsey Miller and Deja Hopkins, sitting, with the NHEW members.
The North Hills Ebony Women Inc. (NHEW) recently held their annual scholarship reception at the LaRoche College Art Gallery. Deja Hopkins and Kelsey Miller received the 2013 scholarships in honor of their outstanding academic performance and dedication to community involvement.
The NHEW scholarship was first awarded in the spring of 1986 for minority students in the Pittsburgh Public School System and the North Hills School System. In 1997, NHEW established the Norma Jean Ware Duncan Memorial Scholarship which was specifically designated for students in the North Hills. Duncan was one of the original members of NHEW and served as a mentor to young girls at Allegheny Middle School.
The scholarship reception included an outstanding speech from the keynote speaker, Brenda Berrian, PhD, Professor from the University of Pittsburgh. Berrian spoke to the audience about the importance of education and her lifelong journey to her profession. The two scholarship recipients were presented with a check for $750 and a NHEW scholar’s plaque to commemorate this special occasion. In addition to the attendance of the NHEW membership, the scholars were supported by family members, mentors and their church family. Over the years, NHEW has celebrated and recognized the achievements of more than 50 outstanding students from the North Hills and the Pittsburgh Public School District.
NHEW Inc. scholar Hopkins is a graduate of Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy of International Studies and a resident of the City of Pittsburgh. As a high school senior, Hopkins was a member of the National Honors Society, C.H.A.N.GE.S., and the soccer team. She is a recipient of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh National Achievers Society Renaissance Award and the Shyne Award. Hopkins volunteers with the Council of Three Rivers, Shyne Awards and WAMO. In the fall, Hopkins will be attending the Robert Morris University, majoring in Finance. Hopkins is the daughter of Danielle Hopkins.
NHEW Inc. scholar Miller is a graduate of Pittsburgh CAPA High School and a resident of the City of Pittsburgh. As a high school senior, Miller was a member of the African American Centers for Advanced Studies Council, Yearbook, Newspaper and CAPAcion. She is a three time recipient of the Scholastic Gold Key Award, and an awardee of the Panera Bread Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest and the 2013 Youth Spotlight Award. Miller continues her service in the community at the Summer VolunTEEN, Community Dance Workshops and Operation Inasmuch Food Bank. In the fall, Miller will be attending Howard University, majoring in Communications. Miller is the daughter of Ty and Arleen Miller.
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