We’d like to introduce you to Crystal and Alfredo. They are good friends, first generation Americans, and first generation college students. They both attended Mapleton’s York International School and had a dream of attending an Ivy League college. There was just one problem. There was no way for them to visit these schools and see if they were anything like they imagined. They also had no way to meet with admissions officers and get advice on how they could increase their chances of being accepted.
Enter the Mapleton Education Foundation. The Foundation’s Make a Difference Fund provides individual opportunity scholarships to Mapleton students like Crystal and Alfredo. Crystal and Alfredo were accepted into the Ivy League Project, a non-profit program which helps economically disadvantaged students gain entry into the most prestigious universities in America. The program has a hefty price tag, but with Make a Difference Fund grants, Crystal and Alfredo were able to cover a significant portion of their costs.
In 2014, with the help of the Make a Difference Fund, Crystal and Alfredo went on a whirlwind trip to Harvard, MIT, Yale, Colby, Bowdoin, Bates, Georgetown, Princeton, UPenn, and Wellesley. They traveled with a cohort of other first generation students and met with admissions officers, financial aid advisors, professors, and college students.
In 2015, Crystal and Alfredo applied to their dream schools. Crystal is now a freshman at Stanford University and Alfredo is a freshman at Yale University. Both received full-ride scholarships.
These individual investments in students pay off. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support the Foundation’s Make a Difference Fund, which will fund at least ten opportunity scholarships to students like Crystal and Alfredo.
Will you please consider making a gift to support students like Crystal and Alfredo on this Colorado Gives Day? Without your support, their dreams may go unfulfilled.
Please click here to schedule your donation right now. If you make your donation on or before Colorado Gives Day – December 6, 2016 – your gift will be increased through the FirstBank Incentive Fund.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you have a very happy holiday season!