We hope everyone reading this is staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.
Over the past few weeks, we have been reaching out to our CSF families and schools, not only to assure them of our continued commitment, but also to see if there are any immediate needs we can help them with.
As a result of these conversations, CSF is activating a Stay in School Fund to assist our scholarship families most in need. Donors interested in making gifts to the Stay in School Fund can visit our donate page. When making an online gift, under Designation, please choose Stay in School Fund on the drop-down menu.
Our goal in establishing our New Hampshire Stay in School Fund is to provide one-time emergency relief to help these families ensure their children can remain enrolled in their chosen school without further disrupting their education.
A total of 400 CSF Scholars in New Hampshire attend schools that are currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. While all of our partner schools are providing on-line or distance learning options, we are already hearing of parents who have lost their jobs and are unable to pay tuition or can no longer afford tuition because they are now paying for childcare.
CSF families have an average annual income of less than $48,000, and because CSF scholarships are partial, families pay some portion of their tuition every month. Some of the schools we work with are in a strong enough financial position to forgive unpaid tuition through the rest of the school year. However, for students attending other schools, if their families cannot pay, they may not be able to return to their school next year, and indeed, their school itself may be in jeopardy.
We hope you will consider making a gift to help us raise $100,000 for the hardest-hit CSF families. These funds will go a long way towards increasing this year’s scholarship amounts to reflect the new economic situation for some of our families and helping ensure their continued enrollment for the new school year as they navigate the financial hardships they will face in the coming months.
Thank you for giving the gift of education as we all work together to get through this difficult period!