Hannah Graduation and Scholarship Award Celebration


The Hannah Project will host its Dream Keeper Scholarship Award Celebration on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at the Hannah Gallery, 170 Donahue St. in Marin City, to honor high school and college graduates.


Five high school graduates and new recipients of the Dream Keeper Scholarship will be honored, as well as four college graduates who have successfully obtained a Bachelor’s degree and received support from The Hannah Project throughout their college journey.


New recipients of the Dream Keeper Scholarship are: Brianna Banks-McLean, Michelle Castro, Hadji Fall, Lea Mixon, and Davon Smith.


College graduates who will be honored are: Jacob Gerrard (Benedictine), JaVon Hall (San Jose State), Kyle Jackson (Central State), and Stephanie Lee (Mills College).


In 2008, The Hannah Project received $10,000 from an anonymous donor to provide scholarships to African American and other low-income students of color in Marin. Since that initial investment, The Hannah Project has been able to provide over $316,000 in scholarship awards to 62 students.


Among these scholarship recipients, 84 percent of the students are successfully working on their degrees, and 18 of the graduates are making plans to attend graduate school.


College graduates who have been sponsored by The Hannah Project include – 2011 graduates: Djajiijo Bola (B.A. Film, UC Berkeley), and Taschell Mitchell (B.A. Legal Studies, UC Berkeley); 2012 graduates: Jordan Bizzell (B.A. Public Relations, Hampton University), Amber Pinson (B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Health Education, San Francisco State), Jemila Eckert (B.A. Communications/ Women’s Studies, CSU Eastbay), and Zahara Eckert (B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Chemistry, Dominican University).


The 2013 graduates include: Raven Griffin (B.A. Communications, CSU Northridge), Kenneth Haynes (B.A. Criminal Justice, Western Oregon University), Thanh Lu (B.S. Accounting, Mary’s College), and Jessica Times (B.A. Psychology, Spelman College); and 2014 graduates: Co’Dale Cook (B.S. Health Science, St. Mary’s College), Malachia Hoover (B.A. Cell and Molecular Biology, CSU Northridge), and Derneshia Morgan (B.A. Social Welfare, Clark Atlanta University).


The community is invited to attend the celebration. For more information, contact (415) 847-9740.


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