As an organization, we presented Senior Camila Ceja at Salesian College Preparatory with our SWB Achievement Award. Camila Ceja graduated with top honors and will be attending the University of California - Berkeley in the Fall studying English.
"We at Peres appreciate the support of community organizations such as Scholarships Without Borders. All student benefit when organizations such as yours care enough to make a commitment to the youth of the community and their education."
- Jawan Eldridge, Principal
"I would like to thank you for the books and sports equipment that you brought us. The children will use them in the lessons, in the breaks and in the afternoons. The children in our primary school live in Óbuda, they have big, religious, Catholic families. They are
very motivated and we are helping them in their further studies to be able to enter good secondary grammar schools."
- Maria Kasovitz, Principal
"Who you are is just as important as what you do. Just because it didn't happen today, doesn't mean it couldn't happen. Every single one of you can work hard, can have a growth mindset, can not give up and use your data as feedback. Every single one of you is capable. Every single one of you is successful."
- Claudia Velez, Principal
"Our students were honored and overjoyed to receive brand new backpacks loaded with essential school supplies. One student shared with me that the backpack came just at the right time since her old backpack was falling apart. Another student loved the school supplies and said she was proud to be able to go to school prepared to learn. I am grateful to you for recognizing our student's achievements while helping our students whose families are in need. Your passion to support young people in their dreams and provide scholarships to families in need is a sign of authentic leadership."
- Melissa Sigars, Principal
"We have a special house for children. There are 12 children living here form 8 years till 18 years old. They come to live with us because they have problems in their families."
- Segundo García, halfway house manager
Our very first project was fittingly based in my mother's hometown, Shimoga. Remindingof my roots and my mother's childhood, I knew that it would be best to start there. This project is dedicated to my mother, who taught me to always be kind and respectful. She helped me realize that nothing in life comes easy; we have to work hard to get what we want.
Only located a few minutes from my grandparent's home, the Government Girls Model Primary School was a glaring reminder that the journey to making education a basic right for all children starts in our own neighborhoods. With over 200 hundred students, the teachers were undersupplied and their only support was provided by the local temple, which donated daily meals for the students. Many of these students were children of street vendors, construction workers, and housemaids, and often never had a place to call home. They would float from town to town as their parents' jobs changed. For them, living in Basavangudi was a privilege, because, for them, education was not a necessity but a luxury.
"Our school is very happy for your great heart. Your contribution has given us a million smiles."
- The children and teachers at I.E.D. José de San Martin Sede Paloverde Tabio
Our second project was to another school in Shimoga who had heard about our last project. The children we helped in this project were much older, most of them were in the 6th grade.
SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT BORDERS
Salesian College Preparatory annually holds an event called Project Santa. Hosted by Salesian, Project Santa is an event where neighborhood children are invited to come visit Santa and spend a day with high school students playing games and other fun activities. Scholarships Without Borders gave out books and other fun prizes!