Greetings from Eagle Rock! I hope this note finds you doing well as we approach the end of 2015. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday I’m asking you to support our Eagle Rock Graduate Higher Education Fund.
As a consumer of our web content, you are well aware of the challenges facing high school graduates. Difficulty entering the job market and soaring costs of higher education dampen the outlook of our otherwise optimistic, hopeful, and prepared graduates. With your help, we can build on the momentum of the Eagle Rock experience by supporting our graduates as they pursue their dreams.
I could go on and on about the impact of the Fund but what better way to understand it than by hearing directly from our graduates. I recently asked a few of them to report on how they are using the funds. Here’s what they had to say.
Bern Lee, 2006 ER graduate. “I have used the money toward tuition; it has been instrumental in allowing me to gain my BA and MA (to be conferred this year) in psychology, and has helped me as I continue on to pursue my doctorate in this field. I have been very lucky to receive these funds as they have allowed me to pursue a field where I am able to help others clinically, help the scientific community through published peer reviewed research, and further my education through teaching courses at the college level.”
Morgan Dolak, 2013 ER graduate. “I will be using it for tuition as I start school this fall at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where I will be majoring in sustainability. I also used it to become a certified yoga teacher this past year.”
Amelia Horne, 2014 ER graduate. “I am going into my second year at Antioch College. I have used it this past year to pay for my laptop and books, and this coming year it will help pay for my room and board!”
Nicole Bau, 2014 ER graduate. “I will be attending Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge this fall and will be using the grad fund to help pay my tuition, and have used the funds this year to get a computer for online courses to prepare for college, and to get my Wilderness First Responder certification.”
Mimi Huynh, 2012 ER graduate. “I’m a student at Housatonic Community College, and I’m using the grad fund to take my pre-requisites in working towards my nursing major. I was also able to use the fund to get a laptop so that I was able to take all of my necessary courses. Thank you!”
As the old adage goes, “it takes a village…” I know that supporting our graduates requires a collective effort. When I make my donation, I do so knowing that I am part of a group of very committed Eagle Rock supporters – people who appreciate the distance our graduates have traveled and who believe in the power of our grads’ dreams. Will you join us?
Your gift of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more can make all the difference. Currently each graduate is eligible for a $14,000 scholarship from our Fund. We are very close to increasing that amount. With a good showing on Giving Tuesday, I’m confident we will indeed be able to increase each student’s scholarship.
Please consider giving as much as you’re comfortable by making out a tax-deductible donation to the Fund online at https://eaglerockschool.org/product/eagle-rock-donation/
Thank you so much for investing in our future. Your support makes a difference.
Jeff Liddle, Head of School