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The passion to bring HOPE to Troy brought us together to form we team we are today. When we started, it was not known exactly how to execute this passion and how it would evolve, but deep down the HOPE was to somehow make a difference in the lives of this community and the communities around us. This team has all seen firsthand how personal character affects others in one form or another throughout our lives, and how one act of kindness from one person can give HOPE to someone else.  This is where our story begins.

Martin Luther King Jr is quoted as saying "We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education". Your character, who you are as a person, is what really matters. If you look around in our world today, we honor a lot of things.  We honor athleticism.  We honor beauty.  We honor wealth and prestige. We honor intelligence.  It is not often we see someone with exceptional character honored. It was out of this realization The Hope Character Scholarship was brought to life.

The Hope Scholarship Corp was founded in May of 2020 as a 501c3, and its sole purpose is to bring honor to children and young adults through scholarships based on the content of their character as well as bring HOPE through a variety of ways to our community. This includes scholarship money based on character, paying off overdue lunch accounts in schools, putting shoes on the feet of our community, honoring teachers who represent strong character, and partnering with other local non-profits to help in any way we can.

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Over the past two years, we have presented a total of thirteen local high school seniors a Character Scholarship totally $14,000, and honored them at their graduations in front of their peers, parents, and school faculty as well as showing up at individual houses to present them with the scholarship. Each scholarship was based on their personal character. It is such an amazing experience to give this kind of accolade.  We believe character is the most important thing you can honor.  After all, what good is athleticism without character?  What good is beauty without character?  What good is wealth, prestige, or intelligence without character? 

This year we were able to surprise Eva Bolton at her graduation party and present her with a $3000 scholarship towards her future educational goals. Congrats Eva! Thanks for letting us crash your party!

Throughout the years we have been blessed to donate to Seeds of Hope, We Love Birthday Parties, Pink Ribbon Girls and Reading for Change.  We do not want to stop there.  Our hearts are for serving others and we can't do this without help from you!  So, from the bottom of hearts, THANK YOU!

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We would love for you to get involved.  Do you know of a need in our community? Email us today!  Would you like to volunteer?  We would love that, too.  If you feel led to give a donation, follow the links below.

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Shoe Some Love--The Hope Scholarship Corp has grown! We started a shoe campaign for our children right here in Miami County with hopes to continue this year round. Our goal is to provide over 200 pairs of shoes this year, over 100 already donated.

Did you know that 1 in 5 American children is in desperate need of shoes and there is a need right here in Miami County?

When you give shoes to a child, you give so many other things like Hope, Joy, Dignity, and Confidence.

If you feel called to donate, please send check to The Hope Scholarship Corp at 3302 Heatherstone Dr, Troy, OH 45373


We are so blessed by all the donations! Thank you!  We were able to donate 175 Hygiene bags to a local Troy Elementary School. 

We will continue this project for other schools, so please check out our amazon wish list here.


Two years ago we were blessed to help this student out with $500 to get his car fixed to travel back and fourth from school. It was his only way to get there.

Today, V’Shonne has started interning with the Dallas Mavericks this week and will be graduating soon. He is still on the Dean’s list, Honor Roll and received the Alabama Agricultural Mechanical University’s Silver Presidential Medallion Award!

The Hope Scholarship Corp is honored to be a part of this young man’s story.

There is still good in the world.

There is still kindness.

There is still love for each other.

There is still HOPE!


Congrats Libby Harbaugh from Chaminade Julienne for receiving the $1,000.00 Teacher Nomination.  Nominated by Lauren Sass

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2022 Character Scholarship applications have been closed for this year. 

Please check back March 2023 for submission information and the link to the application. 

Need something or know of someone in need, feel free to share it with us and we will see if we can help!

Thank you and have a wonderful 2022!

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Without YOU, we are not able to give HOPE to the community we all are a part of! Without YOU, there would be no Hope Scholarship Corp! Whether you have donated your time, raffle items, or a monetary gift just know we are so very grateful to you all however you choose to give!


With all our appreciation,

The Hope Scholarship Corp Board and Members of the Community YOU have helped 

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Get in touch with The Hope Scholarship Corp to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

Board Members:

Kelli Szakal - President/Director

Jenny Wilson - Vice President

Rick Szakal - Treasurer

Justin Wilson - Board Member

Sherrie Foster - Board Member

Marcus Couch - Board Member

Julie Dewey - Board Member

Alicia Smith - Board Member


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Upcoming Events

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    Feb 11, 2023, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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