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Literacy is one of the most important skills needed to succeed in our society. Regardless of where you live, access to books, or the materials needed to learn is a challenge for some children. Providing access to books and school supplies for underserved children helps to reduce a major barrier to learning.


A school supply drive is an easy way to have a profound impact on students and their learning experience. Make school a better place for both students and teachers by the simple act of providing school supplies.


Many families in our communities who struggle to provide their children with school supplies needed to help them succeed. With high unemployment, and more than 30 million students enrolled in the free and reduced meal programs, many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective. In addition, schools across the country are facing severe budget cuts and lack the funding to purchase necessary supplies.


The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted education around the world. As the first shock passes, planning is taking place on two timescales: the short-term challenges in the return to school, and the challenges over the next 18-24 months as systems work to build resilience and adaptability for the future. This year due to the pandemic of COVID-19 the Team of H.O.P.E. has decided to opt-out of our annual TOOLS4SCHOOL campaign for the safety of our volunteers, staff, and guests due to the enormous amount of handling of items and person-to-person contact that typically goes into our drive. This year we have shifted our focus for the 1st quarter of the school year to honor our late Vice President by creating the Luc J. Vernet H.O.P.E. Scholarship. We will re-visit the idea of hosting our Annual drive with our community partners later on in the year as schools shift to in-person learning. 


The Luc J. Vernet H.O.P.E. scholarship was established to recognize high school seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. To honor those who are Leaders, Achievers, Dreamers & Believers. The award is funded by The Team of H.O.P.E., which is a one-time, scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses.


The Team of H.O.P.E. wanted to honor Luc for his commitment to service to his community, which always came naturally. After graduating from North Miami Senior High, Luc was passionate about both academics and leadership in the community. It led him to serve as Vice President at the Team of H.O.P.E. It was at H.O.P.E. where he over-seeded day to day operations and community planning. One of Luc’s favorite events was the annual Tools 4 School Supply Drive and Backpack Give-Away. For 7 years Luc has supported the collection and distribution of over 5,000 fully loaded school backpacks. 


“Luc’s dedication to friends, family, and his beloved community was limitless.  We, his friends and family, have created this scholarship as a lasting tribute to Luc’s generosity of spirit and commitment to the people and place he so proudly called “Home”.  Through his service both professionally and as a community volunteer Luc touched the lives of countless people; it is our hope that this fund shall continue Luc’s lasting impact for generations to come.”  -  Enrique Rodriguez, friend, and Executive Director at Team of H.O.P.E.


If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that we are in this together. You can support our rising future scholars and leaders by making a donation directly to this fund, to help grow its impact and ability to provide educational resources for students in our community — forever!


You may do so directly through The Team of H.O.P.E. Online donations can be accepted at the Foundation’s website,, or checks can be mailed to:


Luc J Vernet HOPE Scholarship

P.O.Box 814523

Hollywood FL 33081 








Who can apply?


To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:


  • Specify how you demonstrate at school, the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;

  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0-grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);

  • Have completed at least 100 hours of community service;

  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and

  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.


Semifinalists will be required to provide a recommendation from a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance



How do you apply?


Must complete the application attached with a 1,000-word essay ( no more than 3,000) Please discuss your commitment to service to others. Please share examples of specific actions you have taken that have improved the lives of others or have changed the world around you for the better.


(At the top of your essay, write your full name, phone number, email address and the name of the school you will be attending). 




Varies  (5) $1,000 Scholarships


Start Date: Feb 01, 2021

Deadline April 22, 2021


Winners will be notified within one month of the application deadline. 








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