Engeye Teen Connection (ETC) Has Raised over $10,000 through the Bucks For Books Fundraising Campaign
Brian Hickey, co-founder of the Engeye Teen Connection, has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship from DoSomething.org and Foot Locker for his commitment to sport, academics, and above all community service. His parents and brother who knew ahead of time greeted him in a small gathering in theShaker High School (SHS) conference room. Hickey was one of over 11,350 students to be nominated for this scholarship. Only 20 students won this award. He was nominated by his business teacher Amy Wendt.
Hickey, who is a member of the SHS Cross Country and Track and Field teams, has served as the President of Students Organized for Service for three years, and Sports Editor of the school newspaper. He has also taken his commitment to service to a global level as the co-founder of the Engeye Teen Connection (ETC), working to support health and education initiatives in Uganda. His fundraiser, “ETC Bucks for Books,” raised over $10,000 for books and supplies, which he delivered himself on a trip to Uganda. He has a GPA of 4.0 and recently decided to attend Babson University in the fall.
About the Engeye Health Clinic and Engeye Scholars
Engeye, a U.S. and Ugandan NGO based in Uganda, was created in 2006 by a dedicated group of medical students to address the disparity in basic health, education and environmental needs of rural Ugandan villagers. Since its inception, the Engeye team has grown to include lawyers, architects, physicians, public health enthusiasts, engineers and more. The Engeye Health Clinic provides care for a region in Uganda that is voiceless, despite its substantial need, and that otherwise would not have access to healthcare. Dr. Stephanie Van Dyke, Dr. Carlos Elguero, Stephen Po-Chedley, Misty Richards, James Walker, Keith DesRochers and John Leisure make up the Board of Directors. The Engeye Scholars program was born to assist the schools in Ddegeya Village. Education is highly valued in Uganda and many experts believe education is the key to raising poor countries out of poverty. Through scholarships, the children of Ddegeya Village have the opportunity to attend boarding school, which delays child bearing, empowers women and provides newfound hope for a child to fulfill his or her dreams. Elaine Pers Hickey and Theresa Weinman are Co-directors of the program.