Educational Institutions

Alexander Hamilton Scholars

  • Seattle, WA
  • www.hamiltonfriends.org

Mission Statement

Did you know that less than 10% of low-income students graduate from college, in contrast to 54% of their wealthier peers? Hamilton Scholars steps in to provide support and guidance to low-income students by helping them earn a college degree and build purpose-driven lives.

Each year, we select 35 to 40 high school juniors nationally to join our program based on financial need, demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to service, and leadership potential. Through the Hamilton Leaders Academy, Scholars complete a rigorous 5-year program designed to provide them with practical tools for success in college and the post-college world.

Our goal is to provide our Scholars with mentorship and support through life's transitions so that they, in turn, can make great contributions to our nation and our world.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award
  3. Hamilton Leaders Academy
  4. Experience New York Internship Program
  5. Independent Internship Support Program
Service Areas

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National

We serve students throughout the United States. In 2013, Hamilton Friends selected 36 students, representing 17 states, to join the newest cohort of Hamilton Scholars.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director

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Anne Nguyen

Keywords

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leadership, mentorship, education, scholarship, youth, young adults, achievement award, financial assistance, career development, college planning, work-place experience, educational programs, transition, empowerment, heritage, college-completion, college-success, low-income, excellence

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Also Known As

Hamilton Scholars

EIN

34-2011733

 Number

6468265435

Physical Address

200 First Avenue West Suite 201

Seattle, WA 98119 2589

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Our goal is to help our students manage their transition from high school to college and from college to the workplace by offering professional mentors, peer support, internships, educational programs, and assistance in finding scholarships. We believe that with these programs to support them, our students will leave college with a well rounded skill set that will allow them to get a job representing a true first step toward achieving high personal and career goals.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Hamilton Award identifies, recognizes and promotes our winners, then enrolls them in the Hamilton Scholars programs. The Hamilton Scholars Program helps them to better prepare for the college world and subsequently better prepare for the post-college world through leadership education, scholarships and internship programs. These programs aim to accomplish three objectives. First, to help participants acquire critical skills by emphasizing college planning, organizational skills, strategic long-range thinking. Second, to help participants graduate debt-free through scholarship assistance and fellowships sufficient to pay for their college education. And third, to help participants gain work-place experience by offering paid internships with private and public sector organizations.

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Program 2

Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award

The purpose of the Hamilton Award is to recognize high school students for their academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial achievements and to select students for the Hamilton Leaders Academy. Each year we identify 35 service-oriented, high-achieving, low-income high school juniors who receive the Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award. These winners are invited to participate in our extensive Hamilton Leaders Academy. Winners are also recognized with a cash scholarship, award certificates, a bio-sketches on AHFA website and news releases sent to city, state, and federal elected officials as well as local newspapers. Winners  of the Hamilton Award join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US who learn from one another and grow together as they take steps towards a college education.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$31,198.00

Program 3

Hamilton Leaders Academy

The Hamilton Leaders Academy is a no student cost program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. Currently the program is two years in length. Each year of the program includes an “academic-year” of curriculum, running from September to April, along with a week-long, summer leadership camp we call “Leader Week.” The academic year consists of individual support through email and phone calls and group support through conference calls. Each “Leader Week” takes place in a different location. The first year takes place in Seattle, the second year concludes with an international service experience.

 First Year Hamilton Leaders Academy: Our first year begins with conference calls hosted by college admissions professionals and discusses the college search, the college essay and the college application. We also provide each student with individual peer and adult mentorship to help them through the college admissions and transition process.In addition to assistance with college entrance, our first year curriculum focuses on helping students to identify their core values and teaches them how to use those values to create personal vision and mission statements that will guide them as they make tough choices about college and career.The first year ends with a week of leadership training in Seattle where we work intensively with students to prepare them for the transition to college and to design a plan that will help them explore their opportunities and achieve their goals. With the skills learned at the Leader Week, students begin their first year of college with an idea of where they want to go and what they need to do to get there.Second Year Hamilton Leaders Academy: The second year of the program begins during the students’ first year of college. In this academic year, we focus more on technical skills such as financial literacy, day planning and time management. We believe that effective time management and debt avoidance are essential to the success of college students. The Second year ends with an international volunteer experience in Guatemala. This experience is meant to expand students’ worldview and to expose them to a global perspective. The days are spent volunteering and learning about Guatemalan Culture and the evenings are spent reflecting on their experience and how it will improve their leadership skills. During the trip our curriculum also returns to our program mainstay—vision and goal setting. Students are given guidance as they look back at the goals they set for themselves in Seattle and discuss with one another what changed and what they have learned over the past year. Lastly, they have time to set new goals for themselves, goals that align with their new priorities.

The Hamilton Leader Academy uses five broad curriculum goals to guide all of its programming: transition; empowerment; heritage; leadership development; and financial literacy.

 

Transition: The transition from high school to college and college to the work place can be confusing and difficult to manage. Hamilton Friends assists students through this process by offering them expert mentorship and peer support in a variety of areas including: college admissions, the transition away from home, resume development and internship experiences.

 

Empowerment: We believe it is important to help students develop a passion for their future and, at the same time, help them design a realistic plan that will help get them there. In order to fuel their passion and help them create a plan, Hamilton Friends offers students vision activities, goal development workshops, strategic planning classes and time-management training.

 

Heritage: Hamilton Friends believes it is important to foster an appreciation of the founding era. In particular we believe it is important of young people to understand how, at critical times, American leaders have relied on their core values as the basis for difficult ethical decisions. We often teach heritage and character education using case studies, many of which are drawn from the life of Alexander Hamilton.

 

Leadership: Hamilton Friends teaches leadership first by helping students fully develop their personal and ethical values. Later program years focus on leadership of others, using case studies to train students in entry-level leadership techniques applicable to a collegiate environment and ultimately to organizations of various sizes, whether private or public.

 

Financial Literacy: In order to begin a successful career, students need to graduate college with sound financial knowledge and limited debt. Hamilton Friends assists students as they navigate the scholarship and financial aid world and also teaches students strategies to help them manage their personal finances.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$118,354.00

Program 4

Experience New York Internship Program

This program sends students to New York between their freshman and sophomore years in college. These paid internships are meant to give the students some general work experience that will both help them gain real-world skills and give them the opportunity to explore their professional interests more fully.In addition to providing the students with internship placement and housing, Hamilton Friends also organizes supplemental internship workshops to help the students process what they were learning at their placement. These workshops are interactive discussions meant to teach students how they can use their internship to develop their organizational and leadership skills.                                              In 2010, we were able to offer this opportunity to 10 students in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society and the National Parks Service. As the program grows we hope to be able to offer an internship opportunity to all our Hamilton Scholars.In the future we also want to offer our students more interest-focused internships in their later years of college so that they have the opportunity to get experience in their specific field of interest.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$27,900.00

Program 5

Independent Internship Support Program

Hamilton Friends provides funding to 4 or more Hamilton Scholars through our competitive Independent Internship Support Program. Because many worthwhile internships are unpaid or underpaid, and in recognition that financial obstacles may prevent students from interning away from home or school, we will provide financial support to selected Hamilton Scholars who secure their own internships.

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Service Areas

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National

We serve students throughout the United States. In 2013, Hamilton Friends selected 36 students, representing 17 states, to join the newest cohort of Hamilton Scholars.

Funding Needs

Prospective Third and Fourth Year Hamilton Leaders Academy: It is our intent to add a third and fourth year program as soon as we are able. Year three will focus on financial literacy training, goal realization, resume preparation, workplace skills and navigating various organizational cultures. The fourth year will focus on college end issues such as resume prep, grad school selection, future studies and career exploration. The third and fourth years of the program have not yet been fully developed; however, Hamilton Friends will tailor these years to meet the needs of the students during their sophomore and junior years of college

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Alexander Hamilton Scholars

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Executive Director

Anne Nguyen

BIO

As a graduate of Wellesley College, Anne began her career on Wall Street, working at a large international bank. She transitioned from finance in 2011 and earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington in 2012.

Anne is thrilled to be part of an organization that helps develop leadership qualities in today’s youth. She began working with youth in college, believing in the power of education to create agents of change. She is inspired daily by Hamilton Scholars’ passion and dedication to achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Anne is involved with several non-profits in the Seattle area. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Young Alumnae Representative for the Wellesley College WA State Board, and remains a Board Member at Large, helping with admissions. She volunteers as a running buddy for Girls on the Run, is a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association and was recognized as a 2013 Scholar for the Association of Fundraising Professionals - WA Chapter.

Anne joined Hamilton Friends in 2012 and stepped into the role of Executive Director in June of 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The 21st century brings many opportunities, but also many new and complex problems concerning the economy, education, environment, and America’s place in an increasingly globalized world. More than ever, we need innovative leaders who have the ability to tackle tough, dynamic issues, and who exemplify ethical and pragmatic leadership. Hamilton Friends works to build those leaders.

Hamilton Friends focuses on high-achieving students who lack financial resources and personal support, working to empower them during their college years. We believe that college is a critical period for young people, a time when they have the opportunity to explore their interests and find their passion. Hamilton Friends supports our young leaders on this journey, helping them get into the right college with minimal debt and emerge ready to begin their journey toward responsible leadership.

By supporting young leaders through their personal exploration period and supplementing their formal education with leadership training, internships, financial assistance and goal-setting activities, we help them emerge from college ready to confront the multifaceted challenges of our nation and our world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joslin Boroughs

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?