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Annual Fundraiser for Scholarships

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 • 6:30 PM - 12:00 PM
BUCKLEY-HENIUS QUAD

Support to St. Andrew’s Scholarship Program will provide stability, structure, and adult mentoring for kids just like these.

It was important to her and her family to find a school where she fit in. Earnest and wise beyond her years, she needed a school with a caring community where students took their work and their lives seriously. Unlike life at the inner city public schools, where she might get caught up in the adolescent fray, St. Andrew’s looked bright to her. This young woman has become an enthusiastic member of the St. Andrew’s community. Always smiling, she is respectful, and never misses an opportunity to show how grateful she is of those around her. Dedicated to her work and eager to learn more she has become a role model for her peers.

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With dreams of becoming an aviator, astronomer, and photographer, this young man came to us from one of Rhode Island’s poorest school systems. He faced many obstacles during his early childhood and his father is no longer in the picture. He and his older sibling are being raised by a caring mother who struggles to make ends meet. With the help of an advocate, he was guided through the admissions process. Today, he is enjoying all the opportunities that St. Andrew’s provides, including the athletic, science, and art programs.

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A pair of siblings that could not be separated, they applied to St. Andrew’s boarding program in preparation for college. Their academic records were spotless, they were strong athletes, and were leaders at their school. They were a perfect match for St. Andrew’s- all but for their economic need. The youngest of nine siblings, the tuition would be impossible for their single parent household. Thanks to our donors, these bright individuals have come to love St. Andrew’s and call it their home. As remarkable citizens in our community, they tackle anything in front of them with zest and determination. They both enjoy helping others.

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A former victim of bullying, she took on a new perspective of the people around her and became a determined volunteer in the community and mentor to younger children. Faced with learning difficulties, she embraced her challenges and worked hard to become an honor roll student. She has a strong sense of integrity and stands up for what she believes in. She is a welcome addition to the St. Andrew’s community; respectful of adults and her peers alike.

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When she came to visit the School for a day, we found an adorable young girl eager to learn and make new friends but her application materials presented a child whose learning differences would be a challenge to our teachers. We decided to give her chance and she soon joined the seventh grade. She fit in well with her peers and we knew immediately that her work ethic was very strong. By the end of eighth grade, she had received Effort Honors in four subjects and was the recipient of the Integrity and Perseverance Award during graduation. She’s moved on to our Upper School where she is a leader in community service projects and received Academic High Honors on her last report card. Always cheerful, this delightful young lady is truly one of St. Andrew’s shining stars.

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He tells us that he is glad that he came here, because the teachers at St. Andrew’s saw something in him that he did not know existed. At first, he didn’t want to come to St. Andrew’s, but his parents were deeply concerned about a bad element in their public high school. He was bright and capable, but earned poor grades due to lack of motivation. But here, his life changed. He became a member of our honor society, The Chapin List, taking on additional responsibilities. Respectful, well-mannered, and conscientious, he commanded the respect of his peers, and was well liked by adults. He sang in the Chorus, played Varsity basketball, and was active in musical productions. He is now enjoying college as a senior at the University of Rhode Island.

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She represents the first generation in her family to attend college but her path to get there was not typical. The oldest of three siblings, she came to St. Andrew’s as a boarder, escaping a tough life in the inner city projects. Away from chaotic city life, she studied hard, achieved Academic Honors and received an Elizabeth H. Greene Scholarship for college at graduation and is currently a freshman at Rhode Island College studying social work. But that’s not the end of her story. This young woman recognized early on the value of a St. Andrew’s education. With a little pleading, help from a local church, and guidance from a kind mentor, her family moved to Rhode Island where they found housing and jobs. Her two younger siblings now attend St. Andrew’s – a legacy that makes her very proud.

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He is a young man full of hope. Refugees from Liberia, his parents left him in the care of his aunt when they returned to their country in search of a relative surviving the civil war. Sometime later, the aunt also returned to Liberia. With the encouragement of his principal, he applied to St. Andrew’s on his own and was accepted as a boarding student. Described by his teachers as mature and self-reliant, he maintains good grades, plays Varsity-2 basketball, and is involved with technical theatre. He’s enjoying his junior year at St. Andrew’s, is well respected by his peers and has adjusted well to our community. Now attending Fairfield University, we believe that he is well on his way to becoming an engaged and productive citizen.

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Before coming to St. Andrew’s, this young man was bright and capable, but earned poor grades. His parents were deeply concerned that he would be at risk for academic failure in the environment of their public high school. St. Andrew’s gave him a chance to work at his success and his future. He went on to become an Honor Roll student, President of his class, and a leader in the community. At Commencement, he won the School’s highest honor, the King Medal. He is now benefiting from a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island, where he is thriving as a senior.

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This young man’s life could have completely unraveled, if it weren’t from some help from mentoring adults. His mother died when he was 12, his father was not a positive influence, and he lived with an aunt who was thinking about making him a ward of the state. His dreams were dying – he lost his interest in school, respect for his teachers, and passion for art. A friend and mentor brought him to St. Andrew’s, hoping that here, he would find the guidance that would help him to turn his life around. Michael attended St. Andrew’s on a generous scholarship, made possible by many donors. He quickly became an Honor Roll student, a leader in his class, and played key roles in theatre productions. He was chosen by his class to represent them at Commencement as the Senior Class Speaker. He is was the first person in his family to become a college graduate.

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This was a kid who wanted to be someone. He knew he had to get an education in order to fulfill his dreams. Unfortunately, as the child of a single mother with substance abuse problems, he was working to survive, and couldn’t give his all to his schoolwork. He applied to St. Andrew’s and received a full boarding scholarship. Away from his chaotic home life, he studied hard, earning high honors. He became captain of the basketball team, which, along with his grades, helped him to get a scholarship to Tufts University. He graduated from Tufts, with honors, and is now a graduate of Tulane Law School and working for an prestigious law firm Providence.

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A delightful young woman, she came from a family situation that would discourage most young people—her mother is an alcoholic, and when she lived at home she was almost solely responsible for all household duties, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, and ensuring that the bills were paid. She worked part time to contribute to the household. While a boarding student at St. Andrew’s she was a dorm prefect, managed the girls' basketball team, was a member of the chorus, and worked on the yearbook. Since graduating from Simmons College, Laurie has launched her own successful design and media company.

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Many students need the stability, structure, and adult mentoring that they receive at St. Andrew’s and she was no different. Coming from the inner city, she recognized early on the value of her St. Andrew’s experience. After graduating from Elms College, she came back to St. Andrew’s through a grant as a Ford Fellow to teach freshman English. During her fellowship, she proved herself to be highly professional, setting high standards for her students, while understanding their individual needs. The fellowship led to a full time position as a faculty member where in addition to teaching she was a dorm parent, basketball and lacrosse coach, and weekend activities director. She was a tremendous role model and young mentor for many students on campus.

 


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  Brenda Hunter Migliaccio
  
Director of Development
  Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3033
   bmigliaccio@standrews-ri.org

  Nicole Kowalsick
  Asst. Director of Development
  and Parent Relations

  Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3028
   nkowalsick@standrews-ri.org

         

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