In 2007, Brittnie met Linda Solomon, a photojournalist who created the Pictures of Hope project to raise awareness of the plight of homeless children. As part of her program, Solomon gives the children disposable cameras to take pictures representing their hopes and wishes to feature on greeting cards which are sold to raise money for charities that help the homeless.
Brittnie snapped a photo of SDSU and wished for “a scholarship.” During a campus visit that Brittnie and Tanya believed was to help publicize the greeting cards, they met the university’s now-retired president, Stephen L. Weber.
The president surprised the 10-year-old fifth grader with the offer of an SDSU scholarship to be paid for by the SDSU Alumni Association. It was up to her to get good grades, graduate from high school and qualify for SDSU admittance. She received a Master’s degree from SDSU.
Pictures of Hope has continued to help Brittnie throughout the years, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.
“She is a living angel and one of my dearest friends” -Linda Solomon