Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hopes for Higher Education for foster care alumni

Dr. Deborah Sims receives NY Beauty of Education Award
Press Release, Dec. 15, 2008.

Dr. Deborah Sims was one of 10 recipients of the 2008 Maybelline New York Beauty of Education Award. The award recognizes women using the power of education to make a difference.

Dr. Sims was selected by Maybelline for founding Hopes for Higher Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving college access for the youth aging out of the foster care system and into higher education.

Dr. Sims earned a doctorate from Capella University's School of Harold Abel School of Psychology in 2006. Capella University (, is an accredited* online university that has built its reputation by providing quality online education for working adults.

Dr. Sims, herself a product of foster care, operated and managed the Hopes for Higher Education while pursuing her online PhD.

"I found balancing both to be a very positive experience," commented Dr. Sims. "I knew that I wanted to conduct my research in this area, so I was very eager to combine the two activities that I'm most passionate about--my education and helping the kids aging out of foster care."

Her organization will receive a $10,000 grant to support their educational cause along with the opportunity to be showcased in a national ad in Essence Magazine.

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