In an era when postsecondary education is a critical factor in better employment and career success, The Curtis Fund is playing an important role. Our scholarships help Vermonters break the poverty cycle and receive the education and training they need to thrive economically, emotionally, and socially. In a 2012 survey, former grantees who responded were not only grateful for the help they had received, but also most indicated that they would not have been able to go to school without the scholarship. Almost 90% of grantees graduated with a degree, compared with a national rate of only 40 – 65%. Furthermore, 75% reported that the scholarship motivated them to work harder in school.
The impact of The Curtis Fund is reflected in its grantees. Here are a few of their stories.
University of Vermont 2013
Thanh graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in English. In 2017, she completed a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and is currently working at UVM as an Admissions Counselor.
A.A. CCV 2016
Lisa’s motivation to achieve and succeed is her daughter. “I want my daughter, Bella, to understand the value of an education. I was 100% dependent on the state of Vermont in 2012 and today need very little to help subsidize my income.”
Champlain College 2015
For Blaz, a New American from Croatia and a first-generation college student, getting an education meant everything. “Education is key. It helps you discover who you are. My goal was to attend college and that is what I have achieved.”