Girls Educational Program Details
One New Education is a small foundation, and although we don’t have an enormous budget to support dozens or hundreds of students, we are proud of our process and the work that we have done to help these young women change their lives.
We are happy to have a personal relationship with most of our students; we think that helps them better understand the meaning of their scholarship.
When there are real faces attached to the process—for everyone involved—we believe everyone gains understanding and empathy about different people and different cultures.
The cost for many of these girls to go to school usually ranges from about $50 to $600 per year.
Donations can be used for anything from simply a new pair of school shoes, to all tuition and fees, uniforms and supplies for the entire year.
How do We Choose our Scholarship Recipients?
Applicants are nominated by someone who has met that student and knows of their need, character and qualifications—we call this person the “sponsor” (but they do not have to have a financial role in the scholarship). This sponsor fills out our application and sends it to us for review. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, past academic performance and a statement they must write describing why they would like to receive the scholarship.
Here are some of our guidelines:
- The applicant must be in primary or secondary school. If receiving a post-secondary scholarship, the student has to have been a part of our program previously.
- The applicant must be recommended by someone who has met her and can answer to her need, character, and qualifications.
- The applicant must be in financial need. That is to say, without this help, she would not be attending school or would be in a school that will not provide a decent education.
- The sponsor must be able to provide an estimate of the family income, including how many people live in the household and how many people are providing for that household.
- The applicant must write a short statement about why she would like to receive this scholarship, and provide a copy of her last grade report.
- The sponsor must write a short statement about the character and need of the applicant that includes a description of how the funds will be used.
How Much Does a Scholarship Cost and What Does it Cover?
Every country and every school has different costs, and our scholarships range from $250 to more than $1000.
ONE scholarships can be used to buy a new pair of shoes or to pay for all tuition and fees, uniforms and supplies for the entire year.
Who Receives the Money?
We do not send scholarship money directly to the family. When possible, we pay the school directly. We also have trusted local contacts with whom ONE can discuss the applicant’s status, additional monetary needs, progress in school, etc. This person can be a friend, someone the sponsor has met who agrees to the task, or the sponsor themself.
The contact must have either a phone or an email for communication, and they must be willing and able to handle money for the applicant.
How Do We Stay in Touch?
Many of our students and contacts have access to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and email. We stay in touch with our local contacts about grades, required letters, and any news that affects the students.
In many cases, we are able to stay in touch directly with the students, which allows us a greater connection to them and their lives.
What Makes ONE Different from Other Organizations with a Similar Mission?
We believe that an important part of this program is getting to know our students as well as possible and connecting with them on a personal level.
Our founder and board members maintain a relationship with our contacts and as many of our students as possible through letters, electronic communication, and visits when we can.
We believe that this personal connection enhances their educational experience, and hopefully increases their chances of success.
If you know of someone you’d like to recommend for a scholarship, please download our application form and send it to us. Thank you!