May 11, 2015
The White House recently honored Southern New Hampshire University graduate, George White with the Champions of Change award for his work in creating awareness for the foster care community. George was among twelve other young people recognized for their courage, resilience and contributions to making a difference in their communities as well as their commitment to furthering their education.
A 2015 graduate of SNHU, George wants to lead by example - starting with his recent bachelor's degree. Only 20% of foster children who graduate high school continue on to college, and less than 10% (between 2-9%) earn an undergraduate degree.
"My degree from SNHU is a stepping stone to greater things," explained George White, program assistant for the National Foster Youth Institute and founding member of Fostering Change. "Earning my degree gives me the tools and skills to help my own community."
At the age of 16, as a participant at Peace4Kids based in Los Angeles, White created "Project Homebound," an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic homelessness among young people transitioning out of the foster system at the age of 18. Through this effort, he launched a campaign that helped lead to the passage of Assembly Bill 12 in California.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Refugees are not the hopeless faces often featured on the news. They are hardworking, talented people who are smart, able, and can pursue higher education if given the opportunity.
Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.
Former Major League Soccer star Calen Carr kicked off a new scholarship program by MLS and Southern New Hampshire University that will award 9 full college scholarships to MLS fans.