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Saturday, April 20, 2013

H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

 Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Throughout 2013 listeners will hear from presidents of organizations who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others.

Join us on Saturday, April 20, 2013, as we continue the count down to the Inaugural HBCUstory Symposium count down by hearing from Michelle Janaye, co-founder of The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative. H.O.P.E.'s (Helping Others Pursue Education) co-founder will share how she and Jefferey Chance decided to serve their community by raising money to give deserving students $1,000 scholarships. Listen as Michelle Janaye share why she did not wait until she found "success" to give back to others. Michelle Janaye and Jeffrey Chance, Howard University Alums, started paying it forward as graduate students.

Hear Michelle talk about the harshness of being without money while in college and not wanting anyone else to find feel what she felt. She will share why she believes strongly in leading by serving. We will also hear from Nikkia Echols, the H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative first award recipient. Nikkia, a 2012 Howard University will share how her H.O.P.E Scholarship made it possible for her to graduate last year.

Michelle and Nikkia will empower, inspire, and motivate you to reach back and help others pursue their H.O.P.E. scholarship at a time.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. This show will also be aired on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.

More About H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative

Michelle Janaye

 The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative, a Washington-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to empower high-achieving students facing financial hardships. In three years, HOPE has given away five scholarships to deserving students in need. Michelle Janaye, co founder and assistant director, serves alongside of H.O.P.E Scholarship Director Jeffrey Chance, Marketing Director Teneasha Pierson, Partnerships Director LaToya Archibald and Fundraising Chair Brandy Jackson.

 Since their inception in 2010, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship team has worked diligently to lighten the financial burden on college students by providing need-based scholarships. With the assistance of HBCU alumni and supporter, grassroots fundraising and sponsorships, H.O.P.E has raised nearly $10,000 and awarded five scholarships.

 As former students, they understand the challenges of paying for tuition, looking for scholarships and working part-time jobs, all while maintaining an impressive GPA.

 The team as an organization have resolved to be HOPE DEALERS, individuals committed to sustaining historically black colleges and universities by empowering the students who attend them financially, physically and emotionally.

To learn more about supporting the mission of The H.O.P.E. Scholarship click here.

Meet Nikkia Echols

One day, while on in the car with her mom a little girl pointed at the radio and exclaimed, "Mommy, THAT'S what I wanna be when I grow up!" "A DJ? Or a Radio Personality? Is that what you mean?" replied her mom. "Yeah. That!" The girl sat wide-eyed with a big grin on her face. Thus, a dream began.

Born in Baltimore, MD to a single-mother, Nikkia was always taught to dream big. Academics were always of importance but never a chore; she loved to learn. After beginning a college career at Morgan State University, Nikkia knew she wanted to venture outside of Baltimore.

Howard University seemed to be the perfect fit. With its rich history and popular radio station, WHUR 96.3, all signs lead there. It is at Howard that Nikkia began to hone her skills in Broadcast. Within a year of transferring to Howard, Nikkia successfully auditioned for her first show at the student-run station, WHBC Howard University. Taking on the name "Echo" this eventually lead to three years of hosting shows in the popular Tuesday/Thursday 8pm to 10pm timeslot.

Majoring in Radio/TV/Film, Nikkia also interned and did sit-ins with various radio stations in the DC metropolitan area including HOT 99.5 and WPGC 95.5. Upon graduation from Howard in May 2012, Nikkia was hired with CBS Radio, Baltimore where she currently works. It is her hope that this is just the beginning to a long and successful career.


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