Once we match Nui with her sponsor, she agrees to maintain good academic and social standing at her school, participate in our mentorship and after-school programs, and show interest in pursuing her dreams through higher education or vocational training.
The $45 per month provided by Nui’s sponsor covers the costs of school tuition, uniforms, books, lunch, travel, test fees, and other academic expenses. We provide this money to her through an individual account, distributing the funds to her parents as they submit receipts for her educational costs to us. This ensures that absolutely all of her sponsor’s money goes directly toward her education. Having an account also enables Nui and her family to see exactly how much money remains available each month so they can plan accordingly, teaching them the power of following a budget.
Upon finishing grade nine, Nui will have three choices: drop out of school and find a low-paying job, attend vocational school for three years, or go on to high school for three years and attend university afterward. For students who are interested in fields such as accounting, tourism, and mechanics, vocational school is the easier, less-expensive option for continued education. Students who, like Nui, aspire to professional careers such as teaching or medicine must attend high school and university.
SOLD scholarships provide our scholars with the money and resources needed to pursue the best educational track for them. But our goal goes beyond this — our support and resources prepare our students to succeed in all aspects of life.