The Hackley Education and Learning Program, known as HELP, supports the higher-education ambitions of students who’ve been through foster care, adoption and residential services.
• It gives qualified students financial support to meet their educational goals.
• It pairs each young person with a mentor.
• It hosts summer luncheons to honor participating students and graduates, who arrive early for a private pre-meal meeting with program mentor Vic Hackley.
“Our at-birth circumstances tell us only who, what and how we are at that point, but not who we could be. [Author] Ken Kesey said it well: You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed.” —Vic Hackley
A Higher Education Committee chooses HELP scholars, monitors their progress and approves all financial awards. These students must:
- Have a record of good character and citizenship while in MHC care and while receiving higher education funds;
- Plan to attend a school, college, university or other educational institution approved by the Higher Education Committee;
- Demonstrate a need for higher education financial assistance;
- Maintain an acceptable scholastic average while receiving funding (a “C” average or better);
- Remain in frequent contact with his or her assigned member on the MHC Higher Education Committee, submit copies of current grades or transcripts and other documented academic progress.