To Our Supporters:
At the May scholarship program, we were struck with just how important your gifts are to our young applicants. The applicants, some with tears streaming down their faces, expressed to the audience how much they wanted a college education and how important this scholarship would be to them. The Memorial Fund primarily serves the children of northeast Louisiana, where again last year, East Carroll Parish ranked in the top 15 poorest counties/parishes in the United States and was featured on CNN last week in the story, "The Most Unequal Place in America".
What you do when you contribute has great value. You change a young person’s outcome and the economic outcome of that student’s children and their children’s children. No gift is too small because, as our ancestors showed us when they put their nickels and dimes together and bought land and created schools, there is power when we work together.
Please take a minute to read our newsletter to update you on the work of the Fund and provide coverage of the big celebration in May where we honored the first 26 African Americans to vote in East Carroll Parish since Post-Reconstruction (80 years without the right to vote). (Story with pictures of 1st voters here.) We hope that you will choose to continue your support by making a 2013 donation and letting others know about us.
If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact the fund via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, and we sincerely appreciate your support.
Cleo Scott Brown, Fundraising Chairperson
Louis G. Scott, President