Watch Short Video Clips from Our Celebration of Achievements Tune In, Get the Picture, Straight From the Horse's Mouth
And who are these folks with first hand accounts that we hope convince you to donate and bet on the winners with us?
Mary Shaffner, Founder of DC International Public Charter School, Celebration of Achievements Honoree, Awarded the Angelo & Melvena Puglisi award for Excellence in Education. Watch Mary's short talk that schools all of us in: what school’s about in our city and the US; and how that inequitable reality planted the seed for DCI, a rigorous public charter school program that brings a diverse group of students together and puts them on the International Baccalaureate track for success in the race when they get out from the starting gate as college scholarship recipients (92% of grads).
“My Posse scholarship is a full tuition scholarship so there's still a gap of housing and meals not covered unless another generous scholarship can be attained,”Paola states regarding a typical scholarship conondrum. Then Andy follows, "Dining plan and residence hall can be up to $14,000/year.”
Donate today, Place your bet on the winners, DCI grads.
Let's keep them in the races, in school, on track toward the winner’s circle, degrees and professions; and hopefully through every donation, not slowed down by the weight of student loan debt.
And where does your money go, besides invested in their laptops for college?
Straight from the horses’s mouth, not mine this time; glance at a snippet of this Supplemental Scholarship Fund recipient’s Fall Semester award expense report:
“Transportation" for her (and others) includes spin scooters and Uber. The Amex Gift Card transaction report also shows “meals" from Chipotle, PotBelly, &Pizza while spending the day at school (most aren’t on a meal plan, unless awarded by the school). In addition to meals, another student’s report showed textbooks, school & dorm supplies.
State Department Profession, Lawyer, Marine Biologist, Nurse. Except for their professional dreams, the lives of students we support are vastly different from their wealthier peers. All Out for Change®, through donations toward our Supplemental Scholarship fund, helps financially disadvantaged, ambitious, college scholarship recipients with great potential ease their journey toward degrees, professions, and upward mobility for themselves and their families. Supplemental Scholarship Awards are invaluable contributions to student success.
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And listen to a recent NPR Takeaway about hunger on college campuses
"Numerous reports over the years show that food insecurity among college students is as widespread as ever. According to the latest data from The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, in the fall of 2020, nearly three in five students lacked adequate access to “basic needs” like food or housing. And across both two-and-four year colleges, 1 in 3 students experienced food insecurity.” The Takeaway, October 26, 2022
Imagine Living in a Dorm Room, No Meal Plan
Most of our 33 students don’t have full ride scholarships, and so don’t have room and board covered, and deal with getting along somehow without. Their spring semester Supplemental Scholarship awards will be funded through Giving Tuesday and our year end campaigns. Student Fall semester expense tracking reports reveal: fast food meals at healthier chains as a way to pick up affordable, nutritious, generous amounts of food with their AMEX gift cards. Additionally, we see charges for: public transportation, ride share, electric scooters to and from school; textbooks; dorm and school supplies.
Their Conundrum In His Words
I just emailed an award recipient, "Do you have a full scholarship that covers tuition, room and board? Are you on a meal plan?” What a conundrum many students face en route to degrees and careers:
"...At the moment, I've been using the AMEX Gift Card for mostly academic books and school supplies. Recently, I have some scholarships for this semester, including "George Mason Honor College Scholarship" and "DC TAG". However, I noticed it doesn't cover the entire student tuition.
Yes- I'm currently using a meal plan, however, I'm still paying more than $1,000. It's not a full-cover scholarship. Therefore, I'm wondering if there's more scholarships that I can register for, so I can be all set for next semester? At this point, I'm mostly relying on scholarships and grants, since my family is low income, and therefore I have to find other ways to pay my tuition….” DCI grad 2022, studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at George Mason University
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Anthony D. Anderson, our Supplemental Scholarship Awardee since 2017, Invites You to the Opera at University of Maryland, Saturday, November 12-16
Let’s support him and continue our Celebration of Achievements at UMD
I hope you are all well! I wanted to take some time and let you all know that I am going to participate in the University of Maryland's Fall Opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini! If you like rom-com, I have a feeling that you'll love the added drama that opera brilliantly adds to this classic story. We go live in just under 2 weeks, so now is the time to get your front-row seat!
You can find ticketing information for the opera via this link: La Boheme.
Feel free to share this with family, friends, and others that you think might be interested. I'm very much looking forward to showing what I've learned so far in my pursuit of my graduate degree!
Anthony D. Anderson”
To all who donated to our Celebration of Achievements Fundraiser for Supplemental Scholarship Funds, the All Out for Change® team, and student awardees are grateful for your support. Their expense reports show the awards are helping with a variety of essentials, and the laptops are invaluable.
Students will be awarded spring semester funds, and fundraising will begin with Giving Tuesday, November 29. If you’d like to pitch in now, feel free.
Chief Engagement Officer, AllOutForChange.org