Impact Story: 1,000 Dreams Fund provides Scholarship Funding for Micah’s College Visit Trip to Howard University!

1,000 Dreams Fund was proud to unveil our 2022-2023 Project: Girls on the Rise Class this past fall. This program is special because it helps high-potential young women who are college-bound find their best-fit school. 

We get to fund and support awesome young women like Laurel High School senior Micah H., a talented student who is already teaching underrepresented girls how to code and helping them with their computer science skills.

She also had become the first Black student representative appointed to the Mississippi Department of Education.

Incredible, right? But, financial challenges and limited resources were preventing Micah from taking that crucial next step — visiting her dream college: Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“I live in a small town with limited opportunities, and I didn’t have the resources to visit the schools that I potentially want to go to. So, Girls on the Rise opened doors that I would never have been able to open, which is very important to me and my family,” Micah says.

1,000 Dream Fund’s Project: Girls on the Rise program provides $1,000 scholarships to the selected students so they can use the funds for critical college-bound costs like test prep, tutoring, and out-of-state college visits like Micah’s visit to Howard, which is one of the top HBCUs (Historically Black College and Universities) in the nation. 

We are thrilled to share more details of her road trip with you — and the similar impact our funds are having for students like Micah.

“Because of this program, I got to experience the prestigious HBCU campus, meet students, and talk to counselors about my next steps,” Micah says about her participation in our Project: Girls On The Rise program.

Thanks to her campus visit, Micah now says she has Howard on her list of schools that she is considering: “The campus holds so much history, and I like the variety of places to explore in the city. I was accepted in Howard’s Class of 2027 in December, not long after my visit, and because of the 1,000 Dreams Fund and this entire experience, this is a college I am considering!”

Check out this short recap video she put together!

 

It was the ultimate road trip, as Micah and her mom drove 985 miles from their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, to get to Howard! 

Micah had the chance to interact with current students and learn about campus life firsthand, as they visited classrooms and residence halls.

​​Founded in 1867 and known as “The Mecca,” Howard has about 12,000 students of all origins, races, and cultures from around the world who now attend the university each year.

Here are more fun facts about this school, where graduates and former students have helped change America.

  • Howard is the top producer of African American undergraduates who later earn PhDs in natural sciences.
  • Howard is the leading producer of African-American students entering medical schools in the U.S. 
  • Howard is the top producer of African Americans earning degrees in communications and journalism.
  • The School of Law is the No. 2 law degree producer for African Americans.

While in our nation’s capital, Micah and her family also toured many historical venues, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument. 

The decision to call a place “home” during college is one of the most important decisions to make, and it is why we fund college visit trips like Micah’s to D.C. The opportunity to conduct a  college visit is so important to the college decision-making process because they help students experience the campus and community in a way that they would never be able to through photos and videos. 

Micah told us that a special trip to the East Wing of the White House was a highlight of the trip that she will not soon forget.

We are so thrilled that Micah had a great college visit to Washington, D.C. We wish her the best as she continues her college bound journey as part of our Project: Girls On the Rise Program!


To learn more about 1,000 Dreams Fund and how you can support our work to fuel the deserving dreams of talented women, click here.