Thursday, April 09, 2009
CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND DEADLINE APRIL 20
Three cheers for the Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha, www.csfomaha.org. It grants partial tuition reimbursement to low-income families who want to send their children to private schools in Nebraska but cannot afford the tuition all on their own.
The K-8 scholarships are coming due again on April 20. The application form was printed on Page 2FP of last night's World-Herald. The fund will draw names out by lottery and inform recipients well in advance of the 2009-10 school year.
The fund is wisely structured so that each family has to pay a minimum of $500 of the tuition costs per year, per child, and must cover books and fees above and beyond tuition. That way, the tuition assistance is not a total "freebie" feeding an entitlement attitude, and keeps the parents involved and supportive, with "skin in the game."
For an idea of how liberal the guidelines are, a single parent with one child who makes up to $37,800 a year can qualify, and on up the sliding scale so that a household with six people making $76,680 can get help.
So it's family-friendly, it gives low-income parents the same school choice that high-income parents have, it signals to the children that their educations are important enough for their parents to make this financial sacrifice, and it's a great way for Nebraskans to donate to an educational fund that demonstrably helps needy kids and is very, very much appreciated and invested wisely.
You can write to the Children's Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 4130, Omaha, NE 68104
I wish that wealthy people interested in education, like Susie Buffet, would donate to this fund. Nothing would cure our bureaucratically challenged educational system like competition.Post a Comment