2014 End of Year Appeal
Dear Friends of Tri-County Scholarship Fund,
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. “ George Washington Carver
As this year draws to a close, I thank you for what you did last year for the children of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. Through your donation, you instilled hope and unlocked those golden doors to a new generation of young Americans: 483 of them to be precise, from Kindergarten through 12th grade!
Speaking of 12th grade, let me tell you about last year’s senior class.
For the graduating class of 2013 Tri-County scholars, there were 33 seniors from 5 different high schools. Of those 33, 32 graduated. Of those 32, 30 are in college. One took a gap year to do missionary service for his church and one is working for a year in order to help pay her tuition at New York University in the fall. That’s a 97% graduation rate!
Among the other colleges and universities they are attending are Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutgers, Manhattan College, Fairfield University, St. Peter’s, William Paterson and Columbia. You are part of their success, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for that.
A few weeks ago, at our annual awards dinner, two high school seniors spoke. Their words paint a picture of the commitments that they, along with their parents are making, to improve their lives. The first is Manny, talking about his parents:
My mother, as a young woman from Colombia, decided to come to America to look for work so she could support her family back home. My father, who is also from Colombia, had a different reason for coming. My parents were so insistent on giving my sister and me a good education that they went to great extremes. My father worked three jobs. He would wake up at 1 a.m. to deliver newspapers until 5 a.m., and then from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., he would work a full shift at a manufacturing plant. During tax season, he would work until 9 p.m. at H&R Block. To this day, I am inspired my father’s persistence and work ethic.
The second a young woman named Genesis:
I am a second generation Dominican-American born in Paterson, New Jersey, to a single parent who throughout my life has given me unconditional love and support. I come from a family of hard-working immigrants who have taught me from an early age the importance of respect, integrity and appreciation. My mother taught me at an early age the words “please” and “thank you”. During these four years as a high school student, I’ve learned that in order to have any hopes of a successful future, I need to work hard, perform to the best of my abilities, and be willing to sacrifice certain things in order to see my dreams become a reality. I have faced a lot of challenges in my life, but I have never let them hold me back from walking a path of excellence. On the contrary, with the help of God, the support of my family, and the love and lessons learned from my amazing mother, I try to view each obstacle as a stepping stone to my success.
After hearing these students speak, our honoree, noted author and TV personality Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor, addressed his words to the students gathered at the dinner. To them he said, “You will hear many voices telling you that you can’t do this. I’m here to tell you that if you work hard and stick with it, America will open its doors to you. Don’t listen to those voices.”
Dear friends, most of our students live in areas where the graduation rate is less than 50%. Can you help us to open the doors for them? By donating to our annual appeal, you are helping to keep them in outstanding private and parochial schools that are teaching them not just excellent academics, but virtue and character as well. Your donation is an investment in the future of our great nation, an investment that will change lives for generations to come.
The private high schools cost, on average, $12,000/yr. The elementary schools cost $5,000/yr. We need to raise $200,000. We’re looking for 100 donors that can give $2,000: a full grade school scholarship or half of a high school scholarship. Will you be part of this solution? Please help us in whatever way your means allow: no donation is too big or too small! And your donation is tax deductible. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
President, Tri-County Scholarship Fund
P.S. As the season of giving approaches, please help us reach many more students like Manny and Genesis with a donation today!