March 2014: The Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund and the students we serve, desperately need your help!!! As of today, April 1, 2014, there is a critical shortage of funds available for scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.
We have received a total of 46 applications, of which 29 are renewals and 17 are new students. Last year those renewing students received a total of $52,050. The current balance in the award account is only about $50,000, which represents a shortage of $2,050 before we can provide any new students with funds to help them achieve their educational goals. To comfortably provide adequate support for these students, we need to raise $20,000!!!
The Executive Committee of the board has voted to extend the collection of scholarship funds for the coming school year, through April 30th. We cannot continue to successfully fulfill our mission without your help. I urge you to not only donate whatever you can, but also to reach out to your contacts, clients, family, and friends to help deserving students make their dreams of college a reality!! You can donate directly on our website by clicking here. and then from the donate now page, you can "tell a friend" and link to your email list, Facebook friends, or Linked In connections. If you prefer to mail your donation, please send it to the office at the address below. As always, your donation is 100% tax deductible.
If you have ever attended the Scholarship Selection Interviews, and had the privilege of meeting the students we serve, then you understand the importance of this plea.If you have not ever attended, then please join us in Orlando on Saturday, June 7th, to see exactly where your dollar is going. You will be glad you did and I promise it will be a day you will not soon forget. I encourage you to peruse our site to learn more about the work that we are doing and to meet some of our alumni and learn how the scholarship fund helped them achieve their dreams
All the best,