Press Release: Beat the Odds Scholarship Winners for 2019!



For Immediate Release: May 22, 2019




On April 11, The Foundation of the Alexandria Bar Association presented its 16th Annual Beat the Odds Scholarship Awards. This year, five residents of ARHA properties received these awards which honor outstanding high school and college students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic achievement, academic improvement, and given back to their community. ARHA is proud to recognize the following young scholars for “beating the odds.”



$2,500 Award Winners


Hannah arrived in the United States four years ago from Sierra Leone. She joined her mother who had been here for several years. When living in Sierra Leone, Hannah witnessed first-hand the devastation brought by the Ebola virus outbreak, she lost family members and her best friend to the virus and had to take many measures to prevent infection herself. Currently, she works very hard in school and at home where she helps her single mom maintain the household and care of her younger brother. Hannah has been accepted at Norfolk State University.






Hannah Bangura