Scholars in Service

Scholars in Service Program

This spring, Covenant House Georgia is offering the opportunity for a select group of high school students to learn more about the causes and effects of homelessness while making a profound impact in the lives of young people experiencing homelessness. Those selected will hear from some of Atlanta’s  business and non-profit leaders about the key issues surrounding homelessness and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills necessary to make an impact. In short they will learn how to be Philanthropists! During this journey they will make personal and lasting connections through service projects, round table discussions, and a philanthropy course.  

Program Outline

Scholars in Service will meet 3 times in the spring for service and learning opportunities. Participants will fundraise for Covenant House and the youth we serve throughout the spring. The top fundraiser will be awarded a $2500 scholarship and will have the honor of presenting a college bound Covenant House youth with a matching scholarship.Tips and tools for fundraising will be shared as part of the program curriculum.

Key Program Dates:

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be accepted:

  • You must be between the ages of 15 – 18
  • Enrolled as a student in high school
  • Available on all three service dates (see above)
  • Exhibit compassion towards others through service
  • Able to raise at least $1,000 towards your personal fundraising goal 

Please complete the application below and submit all requested information by midnight on February 9, 2018. All applicants will be notified on February 16, 2018 via email on the committee’s decision. 

We will accept 40 students from the metro-Atlanta area to take part in this exclusive program. The student who adheres to the program requirements and raises the most funds by April 15th will be awarded the Scholars in Service Scholarship and will have the honor of presenting a Covenant House Georgia resident with a matching scholarship.


Scholars in Service

Speaker Biographies

Ben Deutsch, Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Coca-Cola Company

In this global role, Ben Deutsch is responsible for corporate media relations, global brand PR, social and digital communications, issues management, internal and executive communications, and the company’s ambassador program.  A 24-year veteran of The Coca-Cola Company, Deutsch has been in his current role since 2007. Before that, Deutsch was director of financial communications and company spokesperson.  In that role, he was responsible for developing and implementing media relations strategies that guided the company through high-profile events and properly positioned the company’s business results and its executive leadership team. Deutsch joined Coca-Cola in 1993 as a public relations manager for Coca-Cola USA. He led national public relations programs in support of brand Coca-Cola and was the primary spokesperson for U.S. sports and promotions projects.

Regina Jennings, Director of Support Services, Covenant House Georgia

Regina Holden Jennings has a wide-ranging background in academic and student development within the higher education sector. Most of her career was spent in the community college and state university systems of California including University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, Long Beach City College, and several others. For almost two decades, Ms. Jennings focused on access and equity for low-income, first generation college students building an extensive knowledge and understanding of grant management and program operation. Before shifting to a career in college administration, Regina spent many years working as a museum curator and studying African and African American art. In her current role as Director of Support Services at Covenant House Georgia, Regina manages all of the educational and employment initiatives and oversees the Community Service Center. Under her supervision, CHGA has expanded its education scope to emphasize exploration and enrollment into postsecondary institutions and the development of career technical training pathways through corporate partnerships. 

Christina Lennon, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry and Associates

Christina Lennon has two decades of fundraising and nonprofit management experience.  She shares this knowledge and invests in the next generation of nonprofit leaders by teaching Policy Leadership at Georgia State University and the fundraising certificate program at Emory University Continuing Education.  At Coxe Curry she works with multiple nonprofits around Atlanta to run capital campaigns, build development programs and major gifts. Lennon served as Executive Director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, a nonprofit that provides vision and hearing services to Georgians in need.  Under Lennon’s direction, the institution grew statewide from serving 1,000 people a year to 6,000 in her seven years at the helm.  

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