The Dr. George H. Love and Mrs. Hettie S. Love “Love of Learning” Scholarship is being established as a perpetual scholarship with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). Dr. Love was an educator, an advocate for positive change, who, humbled by his own success, opened doors for others. Dr. Love earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in education and sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first African American high school teacher in the Philadelphia school system and to serve as assistant commissioner for basic education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Mrs. Love has been as much a contributor to community efforts as her late spouse Dr. Love. She is a trailblazer, who in 1947 was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she earned her MBA in accounting. She is the first African American, male or female, to graduate with her degree. Like others during times of segregation, she was unable to fully achieve in her field of study, so she put her energy into volunteer work, serving as treasurer in organizations and at her church, tutoring and teaching math, and raising her family.
At 98, Mrs. Love continues to inspire others as she actively participates at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, is a charter member and alumni of the Harrisburg PA Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and is a Diamond Soror (75+years) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter where her example of lifelong commitment to serve has her participating in events at the local, regional, and national levels.
The Loves shared their gifts with many people throughout their lifetime and now we invite those of you who knew them or know of them to help us keep their achievements alive through your gifts of love to our scholarship fund.