Scholarship Recipients Testimonials

To: Dr. Gousse, Dr. Merisier, and Ms. Toussaint,

I have lived something that I have not expected, but it did happen just in my youngest age. So now, I can say that having this opportunity to go visiting to that wonderful place called Washington DC was not only an honor but a privilege. This is why I feel so glad at this moment to tell others about the trip.

First, I would like to recall the day when my lovely teacher chose me to be one of those who were going to the trip. I was very excited even though I was thinking about my financial need but thanks to God and you everything was given to me as needed. Well, the trip was for only one week but I felt like it was one year because I did and enjoyed so many things such as the new friends that I met, knowing my old friends better, and learning so much about American government. In other words, the trip was very instructive.

For me, everything on this trip was interesting, especially the activities. I really loved not only the teachers but the friends I met. I have become so familiar with them that when it was time to be separated, I was about to cry but I did not because they have given me hope that one day I might meet them again. I have their phone number and email addresses so that we can at least communicate.

Finally, the trip was amazing, cheerful, and so fun that I can never forget it. And besides, all f the memories that I have make it even more special to me. My advice to anyone is to do this trip.

Thank you for helping me to have this opportunity. I could not have gone without you. It was great!


Tchanise DemostheneStudent


Dear Dr. Gousse, Dr. Merisier, and Ms. Toussaint,

My name is Wildza Marcelin; I am one of the students who you helped to participate in Close-Up this year. I am so thankful and joyful for this experience.

On the first day that I got to Washington D.C., I started having fun by meeting new students from different countries; I learned different languages and different cultures. I also learned about women’s rights and every student has a different way of treating women in their country. I also learned about human rights, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and our immigration policy. There were students there from Mexico, China, Puerto Rico, Homestead, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Miami, Arizona, California, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas. There were such a lot of students that I learned how to make new friends. I started to communicate with them and I learned how to share ideas with them, especially with my roommates. I also learned about the government, how the Congress works, how bills are passed and how bills become laws. We learned how a case gets to the Supreme Court. I learned more about Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and so on. I visited Capitol Hill which was an awesome experience. I also visited the Senator’s office, where we can go if we want to communicate with our senators. We went to Kendrick Meek’s office in the House of Representatives. We also visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum, The World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and the Vietnam Wall. This entire trip was a wonderful experience for me and I learned a lot from it.

I don’t know how I could be thankful to all of you that have given me opportunity to participate in Close-Up. I really enjoyed it. Thank you and may God bless you!


Wildza MarcelinStudent


Dear Dr. Gousse, Dr. Merisier, and Ms. Toussaint,

I had so many great weeks in my life but the week at Washington DC was the greatest one. I have always dreamed to see the place where our president is living and with the help of so many strangers I went there and really enjoyed myself. I would like to thank every and each one of you that helped me get to Washington DC and meet so many different people and visit so many historical places. Since the first day I got to DC, my mind already told me that this week at DC was going to be the best week ever.

Being at Washington DC was like a challenge for me because we were divided into workshops and all the workshops competed to be the best workshop. The students at our hotel were from four different places but most of us were from Miami. It was so much fun to work with students from different schools and different states. Every day we had different activities, we went to different places and visited different historical places.

The second day when I woke up, I looked at my schedule and I knew this day was going to be a fun day and it sure was a fun day for real even though it was rainy. We did a lot of walking going from place to place. The third day was amazing without any rain, it was kind of warm and I took so many pictures on that day especially at the Lincoln Memorial. I saw where Martin Luther King Junior gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. The Capitol Hill day was kind of cold and we walked the most on that day. On Thursday we went to a theater. It was amazing. Friday was very sad because it wasn’t cool at all to say goodbye to an amazing week like that.

If I could meet all of you who helped me with the money, I would thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing week. I am hoping to go back to DC and have a chance to see the president with my own eyes.

That’s my dream.


Sheslie Decimus, Student


Thank you very much for everything especially all the time you invested in me in order to give me that scholarship. My college received the check without any problems.I am grateful to God and to your Organization for this great opportunity. It made me proud of myself and made my family, my friends and teachers proud of me. It also encourages me to work hard in college in other to get other opportunities that can help me reach to my career.
Can you please tell me when the application for next year will be available?

I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

Tatiana Graham, Student


Hello Mrs. Cazeau, its me Junie. My first semester went well, I passed both of my classes. Since I didn’t receive financial aid, paying for classes and books was very expensive and I can honestly say that if it were not for HALO’s scholarship, I would not have been able to go to school. So I want to sincerely thank you for this tremendous help. Thank you again for your help and concern.

Junie, Student


Hi, my name is Judith and I am a 2013 HALO Scholarship recipient. I’m not sure if a transcript was required to record my performance this pass Fall Semester, but I decided to include it. Thank you so much for investing in my education. I really appreciate all that you guys do to reach out to Haitian American students who strive to make a change. May God bless everybody in this HALO organization and my fellow donors. Thanks again!

Judith, Student