Why is there a need for the Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship?
In a perfect world a good education would be available to all children. In a scripturally perfect world, that good education would be offered from a Christian worldview. Unfortunately, socio-economic circumstances preclude many good families from being able to take advantage of outstanding educational opportunities. It is not a child’s fault that he or she is born into a family that doesn’t have the financial means to provide the best education. The challenging conditions in many urban school districts exacerbate the problem. Families have little or no choice. An exceptional education for their children is out of reach. The Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship seeks to provide a simple solution to this problem. We want to provide students with a new trajectory for their lives through education.
What is the methodology for implementing this plan?
The challenge is to connect solid families with the desire and commitment to provide their kids with the best education possible with a great school experience where it can happen. Most Christian schools offer financial aid to socio-economically challenged families, but often the remaining cost is still too high. The Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship Fund seeks to provide additional funding from individuals, businesses and grants to help bridge that gap. This is an unrivaled investment opportunity. The donated funds will be given directly to the participating schools to assure 100% use for this designated, supplemental financial aid. There are no administrative expenses. Stringent criteria have been developed and will be used by the leaders of each participanting school to make sure the funding is allocated to the most deserving children and families. Funding will be reevaluated annually as needs persist.
Who will implement this plan?
There are many good Christian schools in the St. Louis area willing to reach out to under-served students. Central Christian School in Clayton, Missouri seeks to provide an excellent educational experience from a Christian world view. This Blue Ribbon School is blessed with an ethnically diverse and culturally inclusive community. These two attributes in combination have made CCS very attractive to many Christian families. As time goes by maintaining these two dimensions may become more difficult. Excellence in education with all of its accoutrements is expensive. Rising costs will most likely necessitate higher and higher tuitions. This will reduce the potential for a continued socio-economic diversity. Currently, financial aid, as allocated in the school budget, can fill only part of the funding gap.
We believe there is a need for another funding source which will allow well-intentioned Christian families in under-served areas to take advantage of an excellent Christian education for their children. The goal of the Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship is to give disenfranchised kids the chance for a new direction for their lives. A relatively modest amount of ongoing financial assistance for a right-motivated child can make a huge difference in his or her life and for their future impact on the world. We want to establish new trajectories for kids through educational alternatives.
Can we convince you to help?
We're inviting individuals and companies to become Scholarship Partners. The scholarship fund will not be advertised and donor interaction will be confidential so that families will not be able to seek out this support directly. The fund will be distributable as a God-given blessing to deserving families based entirely on the discretion of the school’s administration in the form of scholarships, support over-and-above the funding available through the school's financial aid.
If you believe that the mission of the Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship is worthy of your support, we ask that you become a Scholarship Partner.
The Apollos Foundation
The Jane Ellen Mark Scholarship Fund is the actualization of The Apollos Foundation at Central Christian School in St. Louis. For more information about The Apollos Foundation, click on the short video below.
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