The Michaels Educational Foundation announced today that it has received the largest private donation in its 22-year history. The nationally renowned architecture and planning firm of Torti Gallas and Partners contributed $38,000 to the educational foundation’s scholarship program to benefit the residents of The Estates at New Desire, a multi-phase, 425-unit HOPE VI community located in the upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA. Torti Gallas’ donation will be earmarked specifically for Desire residents living at the Abundance Square, Savoy Place, and Treasure Village communities. High school graduates as well as non-traditional and returning students are eligible and encouraged to apply for the program each year. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 and can be used at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country. Recipients can reapply for funds each year of their education. Torti Gallas’ gift will fund scholarships beginning with the 2012-2013 school year that starts in the fall.