They kept up their end of the bargain…
Will you help us fulfill our promise to this generation of young scholars?
When we welcomed our very first group of orphaned kids to Asia’s Hope more than a decade ago, we made them a promise: “If you work hard and graduate high school, we will pay for you to attend university or receive the vocational training you need to succeed in life.”
With only 30 or 40 children in our care at that time, this promise was an easy one to make — the cost for college is low in Southeast Asia, and the statistical models we relied on predicted that only a small portion of our kids could be expected to go on to university. In Cambodia and among Thailand's hill tribes, where our kids come from, fewer than 12% of kids finish high school, and less than 2% graduate from college.
But our kids have not only beaten the odds and bested the national averages, they’ve greatly exceeded even our high expectations.
A full 87% of Asia’s Hope students, for instance, are on track to graduate high school, and the vast majority of them have indicated plans to attend university!
Among Asia’s Hope kids, we’re covering 74 college scholarships this year alone. And that number is rising every year.
What a great problem to have! And what an opportunity.
At an average cost of US$1463 per student per year — that includes tuition, fees, books and all other college-related expenses — we’re spending more than $100,000 this year to fulfill our promise to these bright, young world-changers.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsoring churches, businesses, families and individuals, we have already raised most of what we need. But as we look toward the beginning of the new school year, we’re about $37,000 short.
That’s a daunting amount, but consider this: the average annual cost for tuition and fees at an out-of-state public university in the U.S. is $22,000. For a private college, the average is more than $30,000.
So for about the cost of one year of American college, we can provide 14 eager young men and women who grew up at an Asia’s Hope home the education they’ll need to transform their lives and communities.
So as you think about your end-of-year giving, will you consider making a generous gift to Asia’s Hope’s Scholarship Fund? Could you help us fulfill the promise of a brighter future to one, two or more Asia’s Hope university students?
You can give by sending a check, or you can go to asiashope.org/support and donate via credit or debit card. 100% of the funds we receive for scholarships will be designated for higher education and vocational training-related costs.