Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Each year, Minority Enterprise & Educational Development, Inc. (MEED) awards Helping Other People Emerge (HOPE) Scholarships to middle school students who have achieved academic excellence or shown significant improvement in their studies. The HOPE Scholarship is unique because while the student matures and succeeds, so does the scholarship.
The HOPE Scholarship is a $500 scholarship, which is deposited into a trust account where it draws interest until the student's high school graduation. The student can then apply the matured trust to their college of choice. Additionally, the HOPE Scholarship, in partnership with Community College of Denver, awards up to 15 credit hours at a community college of choice to the parents of the recipient. Currently MEED awards students from Denver's Kepner, Lake, Bruce Randolph , Merrill , Skinner, Centennial, Kunsmiller and Rachel B. Noel Middle Schools.
Middle school teachers from each grade level nominate students in the categories of academic excellence and most improved. Each nominee must then complete an academic packet, which includes an essay, a project, teacher recommendation and a questionnaire from their parents.
MEED has awarded over $700,000 in HOPE Scholarships since its inception.
Being able to help even one student is a success for MEED. Presently we are tracking 472 students as they travel through middle school and high school awaiting the release of their funds. 21% of the students are actually going on to college and accessing their funds. When you consider that many students go back to their home country or simply drop out of school the percentage that we have achieved is a success.
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
This program began in 2002, providing backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless students that attend Denver Public Schools. For the 2016-2017 school year, MEED provided over 1,019 backpacks,filled with supplies. Donations of backpacks, school supplies, personal items, dried foods and food cards are contributed by organizations and individuals from all over the city. Collection of backpacks and supplies starts in the early spring and runs through the end of July.
The program is successful because we are able to supply backpacks & supplies to the many homeless students that attend DPS year after year. Last year 1,019 backpacks were collected. Because of monetary donations that were received we were able to purchase additional backpacks and the supplies to fill them and were able to distribute them to the students. Each year the demand rises and each year we are able to assist in filling the demand.