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"Supporting Success Scholarship" Fund in Zambia

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The Supporting Success Scholarship Fund is committed to the cause of providing children with the opportunity of an education as part of creating sustainable solutions for the developing world. Supporting Success was begun in the summer of 2006 in Zambia, where we presented ten students living in the impoverished community of Mackenzie with scholarships to cover all of their expenses for one year of school. Since then, it has grown in Zambia, where we are now sponsoring 17 students, and has expanded to Bangladesh, where we have recently sponsored our first class of 10 students in December, 2007.

The Supporting Success Scholarship Fund is committed to the cause of providing children with the opportunity of an education as part of creating sustainable solutions for the developing world. Supporting Success was begun in the summer of 2006 in Zambia, where we presented ten students living in the impoverished community of Mackenzie with scholarships to cover all of their expenses for one year of school. Since then, it has grown in Zambia, where we are now sponsoring 17 students, and has expanded to Bangladesh, where we have recently sponsored our first class of 10 students in December, 2007.

Students who receive a scholarship from Supporting Success receive funds to cover all of their expenses for one year of school. Tuition, school uniform, books, supplies, shoes, and even umbrellas in Bangladesh, are provided for. The scholarship lasts for one school year, but is renewable each year until the student graduates from secondary school, assuming that the student stays in good academic standing.

The Supporting Success Scholarship Fund’s uniqueness is in the way the majority of its funds are raised. The majority of the money that is provided as scholarships does not come from large foundations or a wealthy patron. Instead, it is raised by fellow students and educators in the schools of the United States, from college students at George Mason University to middle school students in New York City. The George Mason University Scholars were the first major donor to Supporting Success, donating $2,000 that they raised in a 2006 Halloween fundraiser. This was followed by a donation from MS 223, The Lab School of Finance and Technology, which gave a donation of $3,600 to Supporting Success. Each homeroom class at this middle school in the impoverished neighborhood of the South Bronx raised the $150 necessary to provide a scholarship to one student. Other schools are now taking up the fundraising efforts, including the United Nations International School, where a student has formed a club to fundraise for Supporting Success and to raise awareness about the need for educational opportunities in developing countries.

Supporting Success plans to continue its growth and expand its reach to maximize its impact on students in developing countries in the coming months and years. Although we are happy to accept donations from all sources, we will also continue to empower New York City’s students to advocate and support the students we sponsor. We have found that this collaboration provides invaluable benefits to those involved on both sides of the scholarship.

Donate now to the Supporting Success Scholarship Fund.

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