In late summer 2017 I learned of a gifted student, full of talent and potential, who faced financial conundrums that threatened his aspirations to be an opera singer. I knew immediately upon meeting Anthony that we had stumbled upon our first grant recipient. WHY? See and hear for yourself- listen to his solo, “Deep River. And while you’re at it, spend a few more minutes listening to the eye-opening Today Show segment to learn more about Anthony and the challenges he and his peers with dreams and potential face in the pursuit of upward mobility and professional goals.
This fall I reached out to Anthony to see what he’s been up to and if he needed help with anything. An iPad was on his wish list but not within his tight budget. Our mac wizard remarked, “an iPad for Anthony is like giving a musician an instrument!" Thanks to a few donors we provided him with another grant in October for an iPad. We’re looking forward to Anthony's updates, additional solos, and the zoom opera he’s working on this semester that will explore homelessness through the pandemic. Stay Tuned!
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London, an Aspiring Orthopedic Surgeon's $5,616 Conundrum
London's tuition gap of $5,616 if not filled will prevent his enrollment spring semester. We helped London out of a pickle in August 2019 when he couldn't have registered for freshman year at Emory University without our grant to cover a scholarship tuition gap. He faces another shortfall for spring semester of $5,616, the balance due after the university's scholarship, Pell grant, student loans, and work-study aid. Every semester he submits numerous applications with essays seeking small obscure scholarship awards to cover the shortfall.
London commented, "It creates a whole level of stress because you don't know who's going to help and when you'll hear from them. You may hear back eventually from one or two." We agreed to assist with whatever gap remains at year end; so some portion of College Access Fund donations may be directed towards his need. To donate, click on the button below.
“We do not have to save the entire world on our own, but we can each repair some small corner of it,” writes former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in his book, A Reason to Believe, Lessons from an Improbable Life.
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Gratitude From All of Us!
We, our students and their college counselors, program directors and tutors are grateful for all who have pitched in to support aspiring student scholars. Your help is essential! Unfortunately our dysfunctional educational system necessitates we step up to the plate for our students from working poor families to facilitate the pursuit of their dreams and upward mobility. There are too many youth in our country with potential that may never come to fruition.
Our educational system not only does a grave disservice to many students, but it also fails to provide access to much needed technology. Thanks to Mac-alchemist Mitch, of MacsOnDemand, we can tackle the digital divide. Thus far, we've provided 46 refurbished mac laptops and desktops to students in need. This essential and invaluable tool allows 46 college-bound and college students to work virtually with tutors and college counselors, and stay on track for their degrees while classes have switched online. All Out for Change® is committed to standing behind all of them, and trust they will have great success on their journey.
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MaryAnn, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder
Chief Engagement Officer, AllOutForChange.org