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Are you looking to make a real impact in your community?

Are you ready to raise your voice along with an often invisible subgroup of youth?

Are you willing to stand in solidarity with youth experiencing homelessness?

Check out testimonials and highlights from past scholars, see all Alumni Scholars, and gain insight on Scholars in Service as you wait for the new program in Summer 2022!



School: Exeter (Sophomore)   
Funds raised: $10,329

Why did you participate in the Scholars in Service Program?    
I decided to participate because it was a unique chance to raise money and awareness for an organization that was doing so much good for homeless youth, while also giving me a personal opportunity to meet other students interested in service and learn from leaders in the field of homelessness. I got so much more out of this experience than I could have imagined though.  We had the chance to meet and get to know residents at Covenant House.  It was incredibly eye-opening to sit with someone similar in age to me, who was homeless and learn how they got there, and the traumas they had to overcome.

What challenged you the most about the program?    
The biggest challenge of the program was hearing the stories of the adversities the kids had to endure. It was challenging but eye-opening. It challenged me to re-examine my own life and after this experience I am now more grateful for the things I have previously taken for granted, as simple as having my own suitcase or bag when I travel.

Lasting thoughts that Emily Grace would like to share:    
Something that will forever be engrained in me is something I heard at one of the first meetings: “Homelessness is not a character trait. It is a condition or situation that one can overcome. It is not forever.” Covenant House is trying to make sure of this. They have a mission of rehabilitating every youth that walks into their shelter, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Whether this process takes just a day or two years.


School: Pace Academy (Senior) 
Funds raised: $4,921

What are some key takeaways that you learned by participating in Scholars in Service?  
I learned that homelessness is a condition. It’s a stage in someone’s life, not a personality trait. I learned about philanthropy not only on a personal and community scale, but also a larger, more corporate scale. I’ve learned how to give with grace. The biggest takeaway I learned is how fortunate I am.

How has the program changed you?  
This program truly did change my daily mindset. While I was aware of how lucky I am, this program helped me to not only solidify that but to also think about every decision I make in a different way. This program helped me to realize my love of philanthropy and how I can use those new skills in my daily life, and into the future.

In your opinion, what was the best thing about the program?  
There were so many great things about this program. From meeting new people my age who are inspired by the same things, to service projects so we are actively giving back, and of course raising money to support the Covenant House. All of these things allowed me to engage with my community in a way I never had before. However, the best things, and most impactful things, about the program were hearing from previously homeless teens not much older than myself. As well as seeing where the money we raised was going. The end celebration was a great way to circle back and remember why we did what we did. Watching the winner physically hand the check to a deserving member of the Covenant House was definitely the best part.

Top Fundraisers Highlight


Maya Kaplan became interested in Covenant House when she participated in the student sleepout to raise awareness for youth experiencing homelessness during her sophomore year at Pace Academy. The next year she applied for and was selected into the Scholars in Service Program, where she interacted with the residents and was moved to action to help combat youth homelessness. With her partner, Spencyr Aronson, Maya set out to raise $15,000, but ended up raising over $50,000 to support the Covenant House’s mission.

Maya and Spencyr also launched a Post-Secondary Education Fund for Covenant House with the $2,500 Scholars in Service Award that they received in recognition of their service. This fund helps Covenant House youth access college, getting the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potentials. In addition to her work with the Covenant House, Maya also has worked with issues of diversity and inequality.

Through her leadership on Pace Academy’s Board of Diversity, she has used her position to propel engagement with issues of human and civil rights. She was selected to participate in the National Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Nashville. Maya has additionally interned with the Center for Civil and Human Rights where she connected with many non-profits in an effort to learn about various needs and issues around Atlanta.

Spencyr Aronson - Pace Academy

Spencyr Aronson is passionately committed to working to achieve her potential academically and through volunteering and fundraising within the Atlanta charitable community.

In 2018, Spencyr became a philanthropic leader in our community by raising over $75,000 last year for Atlanta based charities, including Covenant House Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With close friend Maya Kaplan’s help, the two raised over $50,000 for Covenant House Georgia, being named the Scholars in Service top fundraisers and directly supported Covenant House’s mission: ending youth homelessness.

Maya and Spencyr also launched a Post-Secondary Education Fund for the Covenant House with the $2,500 Scholars in Service Award that they received in recognition of their service. This fund helps Covenant House youth access college, getting the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potentials.

During her senior year at Pace Academy, Spencyr went on to be a part of the student sleepout, continue multiple leadership roles at Pace Academy, and participate in the 2019 Cohort of Scholars in Service.  Spencyr is humbled to receive the 2018 recognition, but was more interested in calling on everyone to do their part to help those less fortunate than themselves.



Samantha Delman - Pace Academy

Alexander Fleming - Lithia Springs High School

Mathews Fluker - Riverwood International Charter School

Jacob Forsman - Decatur High School

Emily Fuller - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Isiah Hill Jr - McNair Senior High

Trevor Kosloski - Riverwood International Charter School

Katie Little - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Aidan Maestas - Wheeler High School

Margaret McClatchey - Westminster

Garrett McGraw - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Mya Millines - Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

Olivia Morana - Marist School

Caroline Singleton - Pace Academy

Sarah Street - Westminster

Bennett Taylor - Walton High School

Penn Worden - Campbell High School



FALL 2018

Spencyr Aronson - Pace Academy

Maya Kaplan - Pace Academy

Maggie Wolfe - Hillgrove High School

Olivia Arnold - Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Danielle Milburn - North Atlanta High School

Phillip Metzheiser - Westminster

Megan Erbey - Milton High School

Khadijat Kokumo - North Atlanta High School

Ellis Prigge - The Lovett School

Cameron Cooper - Mundy's Mill High School

Sally Stuart - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Narvaez Stinson II - Riverwood International Charter School

Slate Fluker - Riverwood International Charter School

Samantha Huray - Grady High School

Jenny Chen - The Lovett School

Kai Lacefield - The Lovett School

Angelina Fusto - Brandon Hall

Rachel-Kate Bowdler - Grady High School

Lauren Thomas - Woodward Academy

Kavya Venkateswaran - Northview High School

Chase DeLoach - North Atlanta High School

Lynn Hayes - DeKalb School of the Arts

Ameah Richardson - Grady High School

Aniceah Leaks - South Atlanta High School

Gabriella Batista - North Cobb High School

Isabella Cole - Crossroads Christian Academy

Dionte Frost - Kipp Atlanta Collegiate

Koluchi Odiegwu - Maynard Holbrook Jackson High school

Damilola Oke - Campbell High School

DeAisa Sutton - Booker T Washington

FALL 2019

Nicole Adegoke - Holy Innocent's High School

Spencyr Aronson - Pace Academy

Jade Ashmead - Henry W. Grady High School

Avani Franklin - Brandon Hall School

Mac Harlow - Holy Spirit Preparatory

Mei Mei Hawkins - Westminster

Taylor Jordan - Chamblee Charter High School

Rachael Kimani - Walton High School

Stephanie Martinez - Marietta High School

Alani Pace - Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts

Alex Ribic - Marist School

Micah Rodman - Roswell High School

Kara Stevens - Westminster

Kendyl Taylor - Pebblebrook High School

Cameron White - North Atlanta High School

Jada Wright - Lovejoy High School


FALL 2020

Oluwadasola Abatan - Elite Scholars Academy

Nicole Adegoke - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Precious Amegawovor - Elite Scholars Academy

Eddi Aronson - Pace Academy 

Wyatt Banks - Marist School

Lalani Bonner - Elite Scholars Academy

Allie Campbell - Pace Academy

Elizabeth Curvin - Marist School

Jovita Enriquez - Chamblee Charter High School

Brooklyn Freeman - Cedar Grove High School

MaKayla Gilner - Dutchtown High School

Subah Haque - Chamblee Charter High School

Jaiden Harris - Sandy Creek High School

Amalia Haviv - Pace Academy

Virginia Hernandez - Westminster

Hannah Imolode - Elite Scholars Academy

Eddison Knox - Forsyth Central High School

Anand Krishnan - North Gwinnett High School 

Trinity Lester - Hillgrove High School

Dave Loisir - Tucker High School

Elisa Louis - Elite Scholars Academy

Larenzo Manuel - Hillgrove High School

Tatum Marmins - Campbell High School 

William McCurdy - Lovejoy High School

Malika Menchion - Lovejoy High School

Hawaii Nguyen - Elite Scholars Academy

Ify Obianwu - Pebblebrook High School

Sincere Perkins - Forest Park High School

TJ Robinson - Charles R Drew High School

Haley Robinson - Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Aaditya Saha - Chamblee Charter High School

Tanisha Singhal - Alpharetta High School

Qahir Smith - Brookwood High School

Alexandra Sreng - Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts

Kara Stevens - Westminster

Kayla Stokes - Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts

Mason Strang - Wesleyan School

Shreya Sunil - Alpharetta High School

JaDen Terrell - Elite Scholars Academy

Harrison Vassar - North Atlanta High School

Sophia Wang - Chamblee Charter High School

Shalyn Williams - Elite Scholars Academy

Josephine Williams - Atlanta Classical Academy

Sade Wright - Charles R Drew High School