You may recognize Mecca Coley as the recent face of our 2016 Annual Gala Journal cover. Mecca is a bubbly enthusiastic little girl who will begin third grade this fall. She has attended Sacred Heart School in Jersey City since Pre-K. As she puts it, “I love Sacred Heart because it’s filled with lovely people. It’s a magical school just making me smarter every second.”
Her mother, Asia, applied for a CSF scholarship through The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children when Mecca was entering Kindergarten, because she knew there was no other way she could afford to keep her daughter at the school. When she got a letter in the mail confirming Mecca’s scholarship, Asia was elated and relieved knowing Mecca would continue her education at Sacred Heart.
“I know she’s going to be safe. I know she’s going to be learning. I know she’s going to be engaged, and I feel really, really good,” Asia shared.
Although Mecca still has many years of school ahead, she is already thinking about her future. Among other career paths, she’s considering becoming a surgeon, teacher, or television producer.
“The scholarship fund is the only reason why we’re still here and able to afford this education. Thank you so much for all that you’re doing.”
Whatever Mecca ends up doing, she will have a solid educational foundation to build upon, with an emphasis on character and spiritual development as well as academics. She is grateful for the opportunity she’s getting through her scholarship, noting of the donors who make it possible,
“I think it’s really nice of them [the donors] to do that, and I think God is really happy that they’re helping. God bless them, whoever helped my mom pay for my school.”
Asia also expressed her appreciation for the difference the scholarship makes for her family.
“Education to me is really important and because of the scholarship fund, I’m able to give her the education she deserves,” she said. “The scholarship fund is the only reason why we’re still here and able to afford this Education. Thank you so much for all that you’re doing.
Hear more from Mecca, Sacred Heart staff, parents and scholarship recipients in our recent SFIC video. Visit, and subscribe, to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SFICNJ to view the full video.