The West Haven Housing Authority, through its affiliate, Savin Rock Communities, Inc., honored four residents Thursday, Aug. 23, with scholarships to support their academic efforts, the authority said in a news release.

This is the Housing Authority’s first scholarship program, the release said. It recognizes residents of the Housing Authority’s low-income housing tax credit property, Meadow Landing, for their commitment to furthering their education.

“The Scholarship Fund Program was created to help those striving to improve their futures,” the release said. “Many of the recipients have already overcome serious obstacles to enroll in full-time academic programs and the Housing Authority is proud to support these ambitions.”

The recipients, all of whom received $1,000 scholarships, are:

Mikayla Ramos, a graduate from West Haven High School who will attend Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in Computer Science & Criminal Justice. Ramos is eager to learn how she can make a difference in making schools safer from gun violence.

“With this scholarship, I would be pursuing a career and that career just might make a difference,” she said in the release. “Guns may be the problem now, but a few years from now this topic will have the right voice to guide others in stopping this national crisis.”

Kobe Brantley, another graduate from West Haven High School who will attend the University of Hartford, majoring in pre-med.

“With my education, I want to ask questions to those around me and learn how they see the world,” he said. “Without seeing the world from another point of view, I will not be able to understand the full scope of what is in front of me. It is incredibly important to have a complete understanding of what you are working with, especially in the medical field where I will be majoring.”

Georgine Hendrickson, a single mother of two girls who is putting herself through Gateway Community College to become a medical coder. She believes personal health care is extremely important. She also wants to make sure her daughters are given all the opportunities they deserve.

Leeonna Evans, a single mother of one daughter who is working full time as a certified nursing assistant at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System‘s West Haven Campus. Evans is furthering her education with online courses to become a registered nurse because she enjoys taking care of other people.

“Residents like these are why this program is an important aspect of the diverse services the Housing Authority provides to residents,” said Housing Authority Executive Director John Counter in the release.

The scholarships, launched this year, were funded with proceeds from the new laundry facility at Meadow Landing and donations from private sponsors.

All recipients were awarded a $1,000 scholarship that can be used to pay for education-related expenses, including tuition, books, and fees.

Recipients must be enrolled in an institution of higher education, including a technical, trade or vocational institution. Each of them demonstrated outstanding academic performance, leadership and contributions to their community, the release said.