Ebony Hypolite ’06 is grateful for all of the opportunities that allowed her to graduate with her degree in accounting—and she’s determined to make sure that others have similar chances for success.
Hypolite was selected for a Key Scholarship—today the Presidential Scholarship—and received a full-tuition award due in part to her high school GPA and SAT scores. “My father said to my mother that he had no doubt that I was going to college. He didn’t know how things would work out financially but he was confident that his oldest daughter would receive a quality education and have a great career. And I’m so pleased that my father’s words came true.”
She was determined to be worthy of the award while at Stevenson. Hypolite studied hard, earned good grades, completed three internships, and tutored at the Academic Link. “It was important for me to share my knowledge with my fellow students,” she explains. “My goal was for them to gain a healthy confidence in themselves and to strive for A’s and B’s on their assignments and exams.”
Today, Hypolite is a manager at SC&H Group where she oversees the implementation of business intelligence and performance management systems that will help executives improve the financial health of their companies. Hypolite notes that her major in accounting and minor in computer information systems was the perfect combination for what she’s currently doing and gives Stevenson a great deal of credit for her career achievements thus far.
Outside of work, Hypolite is a member of the Board of Directors and co-chair of the fund development committee for the Baltimore Station. This not-forprofit organization is a residential treatment program that supports veterans and other men who are transitioning out of the damaging cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to one of self-sufficiency, she says. “I’m so proud to represent an organization that promotes mental wellness. As a director, I ensure that the organization remains both true to its mission and fiscally healthy.”
Yet that’s not the end of her desire to pay it forward. “I have this aspiration. It’s lofty but I hold on to it. I would love to be in a position one day where I would be able to donate back to Stevenson University every dollar it gave to me with the Key Scholarship.
I want to be able to help other students achieve their dreams without being swamped with student loan debt.”
She’s off to a good start; she gives annually to Stevenson and plans to continue doing so. “I encourage my fellow alumni to give back,” Hypolite says. “Our donations keep the brand strong, programs current, and dreams alive for future generations.”