Last year, we had the joy of seeing the most CROSO Scholars graduate! With four graduations and another Scholar completing his studies, we can now say that we’ve supported 14 former street children to complete their higher education! THANK YOU! We couldn’t do that without your generosity.
One thing that makes this particular group unique is that all five were individually supported. By that we mean that each Scholar’s entire education (tuition, housing, meals, books, supplies, etc) were provided by a specific person, family or company. Not only does this make a life-changing difference for the scholar being sponsored, it also makes a significant impact on our organization. Individual Scholar support allows us to say, “yes” to more deserving Scholars knowing that we will be able to fulfill our commitment to each one.
If you are thinking to yourself that this is too great a commitment for someone like you, I want you to take a moment to really think about this opportunity. These five students have been able to achieve degrees and diplomas in higher education as a result of individuals and families like you.
1. Three of these students were supported by a mid-size corporation who made a commitment of donating annually for four years. This came as the result of one of our supporters asking his company to invest in a cause that was important to him.
2. One public school teacher in her 20s acknowledged the importance of CROSO’s mission and made a one-time donation large enough to support a scholar for her entire three year course at university.
3. One couple attended a CROSO fundraiser and heard about one of the applicants from that year who had absolutely been qualified, but CROSO lacked the funds to support him. They approached us in the weeks following the benefit to say that they had thought it over and wanted to support him.
We are now facing the reality of a new year and many new Scholars. Less than half of our current Scholars have individual supporters and in another six months we’ll be looking to accept next year’s new scholarship class. If you would be interested in sponsoring a CROSO Scholar, or co-sponsoring a CROSO Scholar, please let us know! On average, an individual supporter donates $2,000 per year for 3 years. This covers the CROSO Scholar’s tuition, housing, meals, books, supplies, etc.
This year would be a great year to say “Yes” to supporting CROSO in such a meaningful and substantial way!
Contact CROSO by emailing Molly@CROSO.org or by calling (224) 616-2767.
All donations are tax deductible.