Awarding Scholarships

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Most academic scholarships go to the students best equipped to get to college on their own—those with 4.0 averages, a wide range of activities on their transcripts, and more often than not, a support network of family, friends, and community members. But what about the B-average student for whom getting to high school every day was a dangerous challenge? What about the single mother balancing nursing school studies with child care or a C- student who donated his bone marrow to save a cancer stricken classmate? Their accomplishments may not be reflected in their GPAs, but they are no less deserving of support.

Many of our clients with scholarship programs have chosen to focus on the kids (and adults) who are typically passed over for academic  These are individuals who, like themselves, have faced challenges, demonstrated potential, or embodied values that make them especially worthy of assistance. For example, one client was an indifferent student and had to work during his high school years, leaving him little time to devote to academics and transcript-enhancing extracurricular activities. Nonetheless, he went on to achieve great success as an entrepreneur. Because he noticed that the most successful business people weren’t Harvard graduates either, he designed a scholarship to help kids like his younger self—students with B- averages who hold down jobs in high school and are unlikely to get help from other quarters.awards.

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