Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. VP and General Counsel has Scholarship Named in Her Honor

On January 17, 2017, Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc. (COFCL) announced its new Impact Scholarship to assist young, female survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation pursue post-secondary education and workforce skills in pursuit of self-sufficiency.

COFCL may award up to twenty (20) new scholarships in an aggregate amount of up to $10,000 each year. One of the new scholarship was named for Ms. Nina Hickson, VP and General Counsel for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI). The Honorable Nina R. Hickson Scholarship is awarded to those qualified individuals interested in attending a four-year college with a focus towards majoring in government/law, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), journalism, social work, or another closely related major.

“We congratulate Nina on this well-deserved honor and her work in the community on the significant and pervasive issue of sex trafficking and exploitation of women,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO of ABI. “It is an honor to work alongside her daily and to support her work directly helping survivors pursue higher education. A more educated workforce leads to a more qualified job force and the Atlanta BeltLine champions workforce development, particularly as we work towards creating jobs for Atlantans.”

“Circle of Friends has a long-standing history of offering programs and services which enrich the spirit, soul and well-being of young women seeking to reclaim their power and transform their victimization into the springboard for their own self-actualization,” said Lisa C. Williams, Founder and President of Circle of Friends and Living Water Programs. “I am greatly humbled that we are now able to add this scholarship program to our roster of services, as its contribution will make important educational resources available to young women who need increased access and opportunities to cultivate a promising future.”

The online application submission process begins on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day), with a deadline submission date of Monday, May 8, 2017.  The scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution that the recipient is attending. Additional, newly established scholarships include the Maria Duenas Calvo Vocational Scholarship and the Lisa C. Williams Scholarship. Please email for more info.

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