Pluses and minuses fill balance sheet
of Luckson Hoves life
By Virginia E. Carter
fortune came to Luckson Hove this spring when he was named the
winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship.
who entered U.Va.s McIntire
School of Commerce this month as a transfer student from Piedmont
Virginia Community College, was one of only 15 transfer students
nationwide to receive the prestigious scholarship, which funds
tuition, room and board, fees and books.
native of Zimbabwe, Hove grew up knowing more bad fortune than
good. Abandoned by his divorced parents and turned out on the
streets by the family with whom he lived until age 5, he was homeless
for most of his youth. Despite the poverty and prevalence of abuse,
drugs and crime on the streets, Hove managed to survive and to
stay in school with virtually no help from others.
went to school more for the interaction with others to
be around people who lived normal lives, said Hove. Education
was really a by-product.
and his wife, Mary Makumba-Hove, came to the United States from
Zimbabwe in the fall of 2000. They knew no one except the staff
at the Charlottesville Omni, where Mary had been offered an internship
in hotel management.
29, Hove has come to embrace education as a central value in his
life. He majored in business administration at PVCC, where he
earned a near-perfect grade-point-average and worked as a teaching
assistant in the accounting lab. He plans to concentrate in accounting
at the McIntire School and eventually hopes to earn a graduate
and his wife share one ultimate goal: to help others, not only
in their native country, but also throughout the world. They plan
to start their own nonprofit organization, possibly headquartered
in the United States, to help children, especially those who have
been orphaned as a result of losing both parents to AIDS.
his interest in accounting, Hove says he wont really be
focused on numbers in running the nonprofit.
invest in the future of troubled children, theres no better
dividend to be paid. If we can make just one life just a little
better, it will be worthwhile.