I alone cannot change the world,

but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

-Mother Teresa

Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship

In 2019, Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America will award (2) $5,000 Prepare 4 Tomorrow scholarships to applicants based on financial need, application presentation, teacher recommendations and GPA. College-bound minority high school seniors who currently reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth or Rochester, NY areas and intend on continuing their education in the fall, as full-time students at an accredited community college or a four-year college, are eligible to apply for the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship.



Complete the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship online application, which includes a 500 word essay. Each applicant must also have two teacher recommendation forms submitted, an approved FAFSA as proof of financial need, their high school transcript and a college acceptance letter. All forms have to be received by 11:59pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to be eligible. Any applications or accompanying documentation received after this time will not be eligible for the scholarships. All applications missing the required documentation at this time will not be eligible for the scholarships.

The application process for the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship is now closed.

Thank you to all of our participants!


After an applicant has been awarded the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship they will be required to perform 40 hours of volunteer services with the Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America volunteer Teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Rochester, NY Communities.



The Prepare 4 Tomorrow scholarship winner will submit their volunteer form and Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America will send the college of your choice a scholarship of $5,000.00 annually (in two equal installments) for tuition, housing, books and fees. Students must continue to attend classes and maintain no lower than a 2.5 grade-point average (or equivalent).


2018 Scholarship Recipients

Eh Kaw Thaw

2018 Scholarship Recipient

If I could, I would like to go back to my birthplace. Born in one of the 9 refugee camps located in Thailand, being alive was a privilege. Like every other family living there, my parents risked their lives to cross the river and escape persecution from the Burmese soldiers. Through the many stories that I overheard as my mother shared her traumatic past with friends, it amazes me of what one is willing to risk for safety. Sometimes, I would even record their conversations in order to replay and remind myself of the sacrifices made for me to be where I am today.

Na Khai

2018 Scholarship Recipient

My childhood was filled with poverty, and overcoming difficult circumstances is something I understand well. My mother and father have only a primary school education, and in Burma this meant a life of obstacles. My father worked in construction, earning little more than a back full of pain and arms exhausted from hard labor. My mother stood on her feet for ten-hour shifts at a clothing store. They fought for our survival and had little time to care for my siblings and I. However, they deeply valued education. No matter how expensive the used textbooks and tuition were, my parents found a way.

2017 Scholarship Recipients


2017 Scholarship Recipient

helping hands and caring hearts 2017 scholarship recipientIf I could, I would select a place during my travels to build an orphanage. It would be more than a house of bricks and walls; it would be a home constructed of love, trust, and care. I want to provide shade to children who burn under the sun, satisfy stomachs that ache with the emptiness of insufficient meals, and fill the spaces in hearts that cry from loneliness. While I know it would be easier to donate to an organization that is already established, I want to be there, personally, for the children in my orphanage’s care. I want my own hands to provide what is needed. I want my actions to convey that “I am here for you” and see reflected back in children’s eyes the knowledge that “she is here for me.” I want to build my orphanage into a family of togetherness, dignity, and support.


2017 Scholarship Recipient

helping hands and caring hearts 2017 scholarship recipientIf I could, I would like to form my own organization of women to mentor and encourage girls to further their education. When women help other women rise, the empowerment creates a change that ripples through society. Teaching teenage girls to lead younger girls in finding positive ways to work through challenges develops strength and self-esteem in both groups. Through my organization, my goal is for women and girls to discover that with hard work, they can find everything they need within themselves.

Through my program of mentors, young women will be inspired to start thinking about their futures and learn to decrease distractions from education. We will support girls who experience difficulties and guide them in finding their own solutions to issues. Eventually, our girls will develop the confidence to set goals and face obstacles on their own.

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