HOPE student earns National Scholarship

November 26, 2018
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Destiny Talia Acosta from HOPE at Alpha Learning Academy in Pueblo has been named one of five national recipients of the RAPSA (Reaching At-Promise Students Association) Courage Award 2018. Along with the honor, recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their education. The award was announced at the RAPSA Alternative Accountability Policy Forum in San Diego on Nov. 15th. This annual conference focused on strategies for serving at promise youth and metrics for ensuring school success. Destiny put together a thank you video that was shown at the event.

The Courage Award recognizes student courage in overcoming unusual barriers to pursue academic excellence and dreams. Destiny was a foster child who overcame homelessness and other family tragedy. She is now on track to graduate in May 2019 from HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op and was recently elected Student Body President. Recipients are selected by the RAPSA Board of Directors from national nominations by school staff. The RAPSA Board was impressed by Destiny’s resilience and specific future plans to attend Pueblo Community College and to become an EMT.

RAPSA provides professional development and collaboration opportunities for education, workforce and community leaders who inspire trauma infused students to be at promise of success rather than at risk of failure.

Information above courtesy of RAPSA press release