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Oumar outsideOn July 9th, CHW celebrated the academic achievement of 10 VALOR scholarship recipients, CHW residents who have achieved academic success and demonstrated community leadership through volunteerism.

Oumar Kamara, an ambitious young man who spent years in West Africa with his family before returning to the states, can proudly say that he will be attending Cal State Long Beach this fall with the help of the VALOR scholarship. “With the completion of my high school diploma, I really want to study international business and hopefully be able to give back to the community,” said Oumar.  “I want to be able use this scholarship to help me achieve my goals and help CHW as they have helped me.”

This year’s recipients and their families came together to accept their awards and celebrate with CHW at the VALOR Scholar reception held in Poway. Margaret Hawkins, a single mother and a survivor of domestic violence, received a scholarship in order to complete courses to achieve her dream of bec oming a Fire Prevention Specialist.

Margaret and daughter holding certificate“Like every other little girl, I wanted to own a horse ranch, be a veterinarian—you know the typical dreams of a child. But that isn’t what happened to me. What happened to me was beyond traumatic, but one day something snapped. “  Margaret broke the cycle of abuse and took her one year old daughter with her to a shelter seeking refuge. A few years later Margaret was able to go back to school and work towards her goals for herself and her daughter.

“This is one of the blessings CHW has given me: The space and opportunity to have a safe home and a healthy environment for myself and my daughter while I finish college” said Margaret. CHW is proud to support dedicated community members like Margaret and Oumar in achieving their dreams.

Click here to learn more about VALOR and this year’s scholarship recipients.