“The education of youth is the most efficient and effective method of improving the welfare, condition, and future of all communities, citizens and families. The basis of all human improvement begins with education.” – Herbert and Judy Paige
In 2016 the Foundation funded more than $122,000 in scholarship awards to 38 students to further our commitment to education. We supported higher education students attending: Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Denver, San Diego State University and Colorado School of Mines. We supported low-income children in grades K-12 through donations made to ACE Scholarships. All contributions were applied to direct educational costs and expenses of our students at partner institutions.
In 2016, we also expand our outreach in California to include a new higher education partner, San Diego Mesa College. We are also excited about our partnership with “I Have a Dream” of Boulder County to help low-income youth achieve a brighter future through proven long-term, comprehensive educational and cultural enrichment programs.
“We’re so grateful to The Paige Family Foundation for their generous support of our Dreamers. Because of their support, 5 new Dreamers will receive daily after-school and summer support in academics and cultural enrichment, and a four-year scholarship towards their post-secondary pursuits, preparing them for high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation!
We’re so delighted to have The Paige Foundation recognize, through their donation, not only the hard work of our organization, but also of our Dreamers who are studying, working, and yearning toward their Dreams towards a better future.”
-Lori Canova, MSW, President & Chief Executive Officer, “I Have a Dream” of Boulder County
2016 College Success Stories
“Growing up in the less privileged and poor country of Vietnam has not only created financial and academic challenges, but has also helped me realize the value of education. As the first one in my family to attend College, I faced many challenges. Fortunately, I received the huge support from The Herbert and Judy Paige Family Foundation so that I could continue my education without worrying so much about finances. Receiving your support meant the world to my whole life. I really appreciate your generous support allowing me to attend the Community College of Denver and your support of my transferring to Colorado School of Mines.”
“Receiving your scholarship was a great honor for me. It was not just receiving money for me; it made me feel I am seen as having potential for the future of our society.”
“I grew up in a poor, frequently homeless family, and I left as a teenager to live on my own. After more than a decade of working minimum wage, and simply “getting by” in life, I have committed myself to the pursuit of an education because I believe that this is the best way to improve my situation. Nobody in my family has ever received a college education, and I intend to be the first. My family has struggled with poverty, drug addiction, and homelessness for as many generations back as I have knowledge of. With your scholarship my goals are easily within my reach, and I am optimistic about my opportunities. I am doing well in my classes, and hold down a solid 4.0 GPA. It was not at all difficult for me to see how your scholarship impacted my education this semester.”
“It has meant so much to have your support as I pursue a degree in nursing. I want to become a nurse so that I can care for others, and help people achieve their goals.
I am so grateful and proud to be connected to such an incredible organization.”
“Here in America, life is safe, different, and challenging in new ways. I was born in Rwanda, in a poor village where life wasn’t easy. Because of the war, people were forced to move from their land in order to save their lives. After a period of time, my family and I were moved into a refugee camp. Life as a refugee was never easy. But now that I am in America, I have hope. Being here has changed my life, my family and my dreams. Instead of worrying about personal safety, I worry about professional safety. I know in my heart that I need a college degree to make all of the suffering worthwhile. I need a good job, my family needs the help, and my community needs a leader. I know education will be the only thing that makes me change my past. I know I must work harder than anyone to meet this dream.
I am attending college in order to support my family in the future. However, to be able to change my life and the life of my future family I must succeed today, tomorrow and in the coming years. It is my dream to make my family comfortable in our new country and take the lead for the future generations of my family to be educated and take advantage of our new life. So thank you for making this dream become a reality. Your support will not just help one person, but generations of Rwandans who will never be able to appreciate you through a letter. Thank you again for being part of my journey. I value every bit of support this opportunity is, and I only hope to keep growing with the support of my community.”
“As the oldest child in my family I had to take on much responsibility and grew up faster than my friends due to my mother being deported. My father had to take care of two households which left little money for me and my two sisters. I had to get a job and help my family get financially stable. That impacted me a lot because it did not allow me to grow up as a normal teenager. I am currently majoring in engineering with the hope of one day having a master’s degree. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give the most I can back to my community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”