I grew up in a family with limited means and when I was 17 years old I was shocked to learn that teachers in my community were raising money to send me off to college. They must have seen in me a potential and a promise that I would ultimately fulfill. Forty years later I would like to believe that as a professor of American Studies I have contributed to the success of hundreds of students who have also developed into successful professionals.
Dr. Bernard Harris, a medical doctor and one of America’s first black astronauts, has established a foundation that supports math and science education for America’s youth. Recently, Dr. Harris suggested that: “each time a dream goes unfulfilled, and we lose the brainpower of one, we lose the collective contribution of all.”
A group of like-minded people in our community have organized a private scholarship funding-raising effort to help five undocumented youth attend college in the fall.
These young people are graduating with honors and are at the top of their class in our area. Like me so many years ago they dream of an opportunity to go to college but they don’t have the money or support to do so.
Georgia requires out-of-state tuition for such individuals and that policy is making it very difficult for undocumented youth to afford an education. Today, more than ever, education is critical to the future success of young people. These are youth who will make their lives here, raise families, and if given a chance, will contribute to our collective good.
Donations can be accepted by Farmers and Merchants Bank, account #1874195 and checks can be made payable to Student Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your consideration.
Vincent T. Kohler