Howard County and Baltimore City communities will have opportunity equity for all children, especially those living in income-constrained families and who underachieve in school.


To provide enrichment opportunities that increase the numbers of income-constrained middle school boys who succeed in life by beginning with those most in need, and to scale-up the program to reach all middle school students living in income-constrained households.











Carlessia A. Hussein, RN, BS, MS, Dr.PH served as Director of the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities for 10 years until retirement in 2014. In a career spanning more than 50 years, she has committed to improving the health of persons of color, those in poor health, and income constrained families. In retirement, she uses philanthropy to lift up children to succeed in life, with a focus on those in greatest need. Dr. Hussein continues to promote Health Equity through volunteer work with the MedStar Health Research Board, Howard County General Hospital-Health Partnership, Howard County Health Department, and community-based groups dedicated to helping communities thrive. In 2019, she received the "Promise of Health in Howard County" award from the Howard County General Hospital. 



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December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday - A global celebration of giving

This a global day of giving where people around the world will come together in unity, kindness and generosity to give their time, money, goods and advocacy to support communities, non-profit organizations and causes. The Hussein Scholarship Fund is pleased to join the global community in celebrating this global day of giving. We, like many organizations, are increasing our efforts to support struggling families who are affected by COVID-19 and institutional racism.

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Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month - August 2020

In celebration of Black Philanthropy Month this August, 2020, Dr. Carlessia Hussein has been recognized by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County for her philanthropy work establishing and running the Hussein Scholarship Fund. Click here to read the full article


2020 Report to Donors

We are pleased to present the 2020 Report to Donors highlighting the program achievements for the year. Click here to read the 2020 Report to Donors.


2020 Scholarship Awards Virtual Ceremony

On June 18, 2020, Dr. Carlessia Hussein and the Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) hosted the 2020 Scholarship Awards Ceremony virtually by Zoom, recognizing and celebrating the 41 recipients of the 2020 Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarships. Some of the awardees, their families, school officials, elected officials, some donors and supporters attended.


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COVID-19 Impact on the 2020 Summer Scholarships 


The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history as a once in a lifetime event that deeply changed the way of life in Howard County, Maryland and the rest of the nation.  Our children, especially those in income-constrained families, are feeling the brunt of this crisis as their families struggle to maintain employment, housing and food.


The mission of the Hussein Scholarship program is to reach out to middle-school boys impacted by this crisis. We will be directing 2020 Awards to students determined to be most in need based on family income, language other than English and recommendations by schools.

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"This scholarship provided an opportunity for me to participate in the HCPSS Summer Institute during the summer of 2019... It gave me a head start on my subjects like Science, Math, English, and Geography... I loved the program and I would want to go again because it gave me an opportunity to learn."

​                      ---Castro Lucero

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“I am proud that the Hussein Minority Fund is working to connect children with opportunities to learn and grow.”

              – Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Senator (September 1, 2018)



“The Dr. Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Program provides challenging, educational experiences for young minority boys to help them achieve in schools, build leadership skills and chart a course to fulfill their future dream.”


                   –Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Congressman, Maryland 

                                                             (September 1, 2018)