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Enhancing Horizons for Graduate Teens
HCYR believes that all students can continue to
advance their educational goals after high school. Thus, we
begin as early as middle school discussing possibilities,
encouraging all students to consider some form of higher education,
whether at a college, through the military, or in a vocational
To render the possibilities real, HCYR has
developed the John Givens College Scholarship Fund, which exists for all alumnae of HCYR who
wish to attend college, whether immediately after high school, or
later in adulthood. Some of our alumnae decide to enter college
after having a family or spending some years "searching". As
many as 30 alumnae at a time are enrolled in college with support
from the JGSF, and many others enlist in the military and receive
educational benefits there.
Alumnae who graduated from the HCYR program
successfully may apply for grants from HCYR when enrolled in
continuing education of any kind, regardless of their age.
They may also ask for our help in seeking other scholarships, including
applying to FAFSA for Pell Grants or to Private Foundations.
A Long-Term Commitment to Family
We remain involved in our children's lives as
they grow into adulthood, regardless of whether they
experience immediate success or not. Commitment that doesn't
do that seems to us "institutionally thin".
On the one hand, we show our students that the
sky is the limit. One student, who grew up on the streets and
experienced abuse and deprivation of the worst kind, was so far
behind academically that college seemed beyond her reach. But she was smart, she worked hard, and she wound up
attending Harvard College for a two-year special studies program,
then graduating from Baylor University with a degree in financial
On the other hand, HCYR maintains an emergency
fund to provide aid to graduates who experience sudden losses,
whether of a loved one or a job, or land in crisis circumstances,
like an inability to meet basic expenses during a period of
transition. Families don't stop caring at age 18, and when our
young adults need help from us, if the "lifetime family membership"
conveyed to children at their two-year mark is to mean anything, we
intend to be there for a lifetime.