Hopes and Dreams Scholarship

An integral part of the Greater Alliance Hopes & Dreams organization is the opportunity to invest in a child’s education. We are able to help students enter their career paths through the funding of college scholarships. This new partnership will continue to provide a stepping stone for students who dream of attending college.

Recipients need not be straight-A students, star athletes or club presidents. However, we do look for a person of outstanding character. Bright, well-rounded, and ambitious individuals who are planning to pursue a career dedicated to teaching or helping children who are either disabled or disadvantaged are encouraged to apply!

Past recipients have been graduates of the various High Schools in the communities that we serve in Bergen and Passaic Counties.

Last year, we asked the applicants to submit a video of themselves, explaining to the Foundation on why they are deserving of the scholarship.  As expected, students were creative in telling their stories which made it extremely difficult to pick the winners.  We turned to Social Media and held a voting contest, which resulted in 3 lucky winners.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Shane Ciongoli

I have been accepted to Monmouth University and I will major in Homeland Security, while living at home with my parents and two brothers. Credits: Boys State Delegate, American Legion; Envision Homeland Security Conference; Emergency Medical Technician; Life Guard; Summer Camp Counselor; Extracurricular Activities; Varsity Ice Hockey 4 years/Captain two years; Cross Country two years; Advisory Committee three years; Youth Leadership Academy/Junior Police Academy; Interact Club; Peer Leaders; Travel Ice Hockey, Captain two years.

Dante LaRocco

Dante LaRocco is a senior at Mahwah High School. At Mahwah, he is involved in many clubs and activities such as Mock Trial, Math League, the School Newspaper, and various honor societies. Outside of school, Dante is a Questbridge National College Match Finalist, and will be a First-Generation college student in the fall. He will be attending Dartmouth College, the first person in his family to attend an Ivy League institution.

Aliyah Walker

On March 14, 2000, a star was born. By her parents Antoinette and Marquez, she was named Aliyah Nicole Walker. From birth, all who have come in contact with Aliyah noticed that there was something different and unique about her – from her bubbly personality to her great showmanship to her high level of intelligence. Aliyah has always surpassed many of her peers in conversation and academic achievements. Having received many awards and commendations over the years, Aliyah has found herself to be in the top ranking of all of her classes from the beginning. Currently, Aliyah is a rising Junior at Hackensack High School, where she is enrolled in honors and advanced level classes. When not in school or at home, Aliyah spends a great majority of her time at her home church, Trinity Baptist Church of Hackensack. There she is a co-leader of the dance ministry, she is a member of the music ministry, and she participates in many activities with the youth and young adult ministries. During the summer months for the last four (4) years, Aliyah has worked with the Noah’s Ark Summer Development Program of Hackensack, volunteering her time to assist in the creation of dance and musical performances for the end-of-summer showcase, along with serving as a junior counselor and classroom assistance to the teachers of the kindergarten and first grade classes. Aliyah has always been an ambitious lady who is willing to offer help where she can. She is also always willing to learn how to do things to make her into a well-rounded individual. Aliyah continues to thank her mother, father, and maternal grandparents for their tireless efforts over the years to help her bud in the young woman she has become and to help move her into the next phase of her life.

Meagan Minchala

My name is Meagan Minchala and I am a senior at Hackensack High School. While in high school, I was active both inside and outside of school. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society (President), Latin American Student Association, am a Comet Ambassador and a member of our varsity soccer team. I have a passion for volunteering. I feel it is important to give back to our community. I volunteer regularly at my local parish and the Prospect Heights Care Center. I plan to attend a four year university and major in Biomedical Engineering. I am going to attend Rutgers University in the fall, and I have been accepted to Cornell University and Drexel University as well.

2016 Scholarship Winners

In 2016, we asked the applicants to submit a video of themselves, explaining to the Foundation on why they are deserving of the scholarship.  As expected, students were creative in telling their stories which made it extremely difficult to pick the winners.  We turned to Social Media and held a voting contest, which resulted in 3 lucky winners.

1st • Blake Bichler $3,500

2nd • Nicholas Navarro $2,500

3rd • Daphne Leenas $1,500

Our 2 main events which helps us fund these Scholarships are:

  • Annual Golf Outing
  • Annual Beefsteak Dinner

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