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2015/2016 ECLI Westminster Fellows Announced

August 24, 2015 12:15 PM
The Hopkins House Early Childhood Learning Institute (ECLI) announced selection of the first of four "ECLI Westminster Fellows" for the 2015/2016 school year.  The Fellows, pictured above, are (L-R) Candra Twumasi, Jennifer Arias, and Jerusalem Brown.

These students, enrolled in Hopkins House's Early Childhood Learning Institute (ECLI), were selected based on their determination to break through generational poverty and other barriers by earning a college degree and professional certifications in the field of Early Care and Education.  They are the first of four to be selected this school year through a grant from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.

Westminster Fellows receive financial assistance to attend Northern Virginia Community College, paid internships at local child care centers, professional credentials in the Early Childhood Education field, and other supports. 

To be selected an ECLI Westminster Fellow, an individual must have been enrolled in the ECLI for at least one full semester, demonstrated strong commitment (through regular class and workshop attendance, and grades) to the goals of the program, and met the same program admissions criterion as all ECLI students:
·         Are between 18 and 26 years old;
·         Have a high school diploma or equivalency, and the first in their immediate family to attend college;
·         Are currently un/under-employed, and seeking employment, career advancement, or career change;
·         Have household incomes at or below 185% of federal poverty;
·         Demonstrate the willingness and aptitude to perform college-level academic work, including English language proficiency; and,
·         Meet the requirements for admission to Northern Virginia Community College.