Rita Stoskpf executive director of the Joe D Pentecost Foundation presented the H.O.P.E scholarship
fund its first donation for 2009. Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley, chair of the H.O.P.E scholarship fund and Mayor Virg Bernero
accepted the check. The $42,000 donation will help H.O.P.E continue to assist students "as the need grows in the area."
H.O.P.E guarantees two years of college at Lansing Community College to any Lansing schools H.O.P.E scholar who graduates
from high school.
The first class of 131 students was selected
in 2001 and registered for LCC classes in the 2008 fall semester. Schools select at-risk students as sixth graders as an incentive
for them to excel in middle school and high school. H.O.P.E is funded by private donations from businesses and has an endowment
at the Capital Region Community Foundation. The endowment generates about $100,000 a year. The Foundation chose the H.O.P.E
program because of what it provides to the community. The Foundation also feels the HOPE program has motivated the kids to
stay in school,stay out of trouble and go to college.