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30birthday

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BENEFITING: Hoku Scholars

EVENT DATE: Nov 23, 2013

Jacob Johnson

THE STORY:

Dear Family and Friends,

On November 20, 2013 I will be saying good-bye to my twenties. To celebrate my 30th birthday I am going to run the JFK 50, a 50-mile trail race. Instead of a birthday cake, presents, or party, I am asking that people donate to the Waianae Coast Scholarship Fund (WCSF). The WCSF is a college preparatory program that aims to equip students from the Waianae Coast of O’ahu, Hawaii with the academic and financial tools to help them graduate college. 

The Scholarship

As a former Teach For America corps member and middle school math teacher in Hawaii, I know the importance of education for the students of O’ahu. A group of my former Teach For America peers started the WCSF to give students on the Waianae Coast of O’ahu the opportunity to attend college. Waianae High School has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country; 30.6% of high school students do not graduate with a diploma and only 10% of students earn a four-year college degree. Furthermore, students from the Waianae Coast are 5.5 times less likely to attend the University of Hawaii then their O’ahu peers.

The How

The WCSF was created to fix this problem. Students from Waianae Intermediate School apply for the program during their 8th grade year. Once selected, students remain in the program as long as they meet the program’s requirements. The WCSF uses a set of university-aligned requirements and curriculum to help support the scholars during their entire high school life. Combined with long-term planning, mentoring, and support, students accumulate merit-based funds over the course of their high school careers. Each Waianae Scholar earns money towards their scholarship on a semester basis. Upon successful completion of the program, each scholar uses his or her accumulated funds towards college tuition. As it currently stands, each scholar is eligible for a maximum of $3,000.

The Race

The JFK 50 Miler was started in the spring of 1963 as an answer to John F. Kennedy’s call to become a more fit nation. 2013 will mark the 50th annual running of Washington County, Maryland race. Each runner has 12 hours to complete the 50-mile trail race.

The Goal

To celebrate my 30th birthday I will be running the JFK 50 Miler on Saturday, November 23, 2013. In lieu of any formal celebration, birthday cards, text messages, FaceBook posts, or gifts, I am asking that you donate to the Waianae Coast Scholarship Fund. My goal is to complete the 50-mile run and raise $3,050 - enough to fund one scholarship and represent my 30 years and 50 miles. To donate, please see click on the link to the right.

The Why

The WCSF is something that I strongly believe in because it gives students of the Waianae Coast the opportunity to pursue higher education. As John F. Kennedy once said, “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” Running 50 miles for the WCSF is one way in which I am trying to help our great nation. Please answer this call by donating to the WCSF and help me celebrate my 30th birthday.

Love and aloha,

Jacob

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$4,221

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    $100

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    $50

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    $100

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    $250

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    $50

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    $50

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    $50

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    $500

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    $50

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    $100

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    $30

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    $100

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    $50

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    $30

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    $25

  • Mark Cassidy

    $50

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    $50

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138% Raised of $3,050 Goal

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The Team: $4,221 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jacob Johnson

Amount Raised

$3,641

 

119% Raised of $3,050 Goal

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Scott Johnson

Amount Raised

$500

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Mernie Miyasato-Crawford

Amount Raised

$50

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Isabel Niu

Amount Raised

$30

Donor Comments

Sheryle Dirks

Sheryle Dirks

DONATION: $50

Jacob, what a great cause! Thank you for sharing this information with me. 5 years ago

Mark Cassidy

Mark Cassidy

DONATION: $50

Keep on rockin' brotha!!! 5 years ago

Zach J

Zach J

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Blind

Blind

DONATION: $30

Give it hell, Dirty 5 years ago

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

'Atta boy Sparkles 5 years ago

Manuela

Manuela

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Greg Sobczak

Greg Sobczak

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Kyle Svilar

Kyle Svilar

DONATION: $30

Welcome to the Dirty 30 club! 5 years ago

mark jackson

mark jackson

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Billy Mutell

Billy Mutell

Way to go Jacob! 5 years ago