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“It’s not fair for me to receive assistance from this community and not give back,” said Nathaniel Shelton,  a sophomore, theater arts major at Howard University.

A mature sentiment not usually expressed by young people chasing bright lights and big dreams, but Shelton is honest and acknowledges that he will not become a college graduate without the help of scholarships.

For this reason, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative proudly inducts  Nathaniel Shelton into our HOPE  family as a 2012 H.O.P.E. Scholar and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

Howard University is an institution known for its commitment to community service and social activism. Shelton has embraced the university’s spirit of serving by spending his spring break in New Orleans with the University’s “Alternative Spring Break”, volunteering in a local public school. Additionally, Shelton is a member Students Advocating for Youths (S.A.Y.) a community service based organization devoted to the needs of young people and children.

Shelton comes from a family of HBCU scholars. Both parents are graduates of Kentucky State University and of his older brothers, respectively attended Morehouse College and  Howard University. He knew that attending a private HBCU would be expensive, let alone one in the nation’s capital.  Shelton states, “It’s not cheap to live here.” Having an unpaid balance on his student account could have left him feeling hopeless, instead Shelton continues to grind and find scholarship money to alleviate college costs.

The St. Louis grown scholar put all his earnings from his summer employment towards his tuition. He knows the meaning of hard work but admits “getting the H.O.P.E. Scholarship was truly a blessing.”

Congratulations Nathaniel. We will hold you to your promise to give back so that others can continue to pursue their education.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.