PHADA Congratulates 2023 Bollinger Scholarship Winner, Aaron Lancaster
Aaron Lancaster, 2023 Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship winner.
PHADA is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Scholarship Program. Aaron Lancaster of Buford, GA, has been awarded the 2023 Stephen J. Bollinger Memorial Scholarship. Lancaster, a National AP Scholar, with a 4.0 GPA, has already been accepted at Georgia State University for the fall 2023 semester. His high school art teacher writes that “Aaron is not only academically gifted, …but he exceeds artistically as well.”
Lancaster faced a difficult childhood living in an environment plagued by generations of alcoholism, drug abuse, and divorce. Moving to Buford Housing Authority in 2016 provided a new beginning and stability that enabled Aaron to focus on his studies, art making, and community service. Of his time in public housing, he writes, “we just passed our seven year anniversary and I can say with certainty that [it] set the stage for an amazing, creative, and successful life.”
Kevin Moreno, 2023 Civil Rights and Social Justice Scholarship winner.
2023 Civil Rights and Social Justice Scholarship Winner
PHADA’s 2023 Civil Rights and Social Justice Scholarship has been awarded to Kevin Moreno of Harlingen, TX. Moreno is the current President of the National Honors Society and a Youth Ambassador of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition, in addition to being yearbook editor. His high school AP math teacher writes that “at the top if his class, Kevin has demonstrated maturity, candor, and balance juggling multiple AP classes, while simultaneously seeking his clinical medical assistant certification.” It is Moreno’s aspiration to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, and he has already been accepted at the University of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio campuses.
Marter Adeeb, 2023 Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship winner.
2023 Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship Winner
Through the generosity of our partner, Nan McKay Associates, the 2023 Nan McKay Pathway to Achievement Scholarship has been awarded to Marter Adeeb of Bayonne, NJ. Adeeb writes that living in public housing and going to a high school in a low income area “strengthened my abilities and helped me become the person I am today. Growing up in public housing… taught me the value of community and the importance of helping others.” His English Language Arts teacher remarked that Adeeb is developing into a “much-lauded Renaissance Man, and boasts one of the shrewdest minds I have come across in my time as an educator.” Adeeb has already been accepted at Boston University, where he plans to major in Computer Science.
Congratulations to the 2023 PHADA Scholarship Program winners. PHADA wishes them the best of luck with their continued studies in college and beyond!