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Organized by: carmen sanchez

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Carlos Pascall is a young man from Honduras who has been accepted into the North Carolina State University Undergraduate Business Degree program for Fall 2014. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for him and his family, because now he has a chance to come to the United States for a quality education that will be recognized world-wide. Its his chance for a better life and to make his goals and dreams come true!

His home country of Honduras is a country where public education only goes up to 6th grade, and the majority of children in Honduras grow up in neighborhoods with severe endemic poverty. The reality is that many children in the country of Honduras never even make it to high school.

Carlos was one of the lucky ones in Honduras - his father is in small business, so he was able to pay for Carlos to attend high school. There are no college prep programs provided by the state in Honduras, and the high school that Carlos graduated from (with highest honors) was small and poor compared to US standards. While it was a rigorous school academically, it had no programs like college advising or counseling to assist students to get into a college or university in their own country or abroad.

Carlos' high school was one of the few high schools in Honduras that had some American teachers volunteering there. In over 30 years since that school's inception, there are only a handful of students who actually had the grades and the necessary outside assistance from American friends to make it out of Honduras and into an accredited, highly-ranked American university so they could better their lives and the future of their families and their country.

Carlos is a straight-A student, who has proven himself both academically & athletically time and time again to his high school teachers, who are helping him with this fundraising campaign. He had the highest GPA of anyone in his high school, and graduated in the summer of 2013 as the class valedictorian. He has worked tirelessly to gain admission into an American university. He passed the TOEFL test for international student admission into American universities with flying colors. He studied hard for the SAT, and wrote superb college application essays. All his high school teachers are confident that Carlos will do exceedingly well at NC State. During his visit to NC State earlier this spring, the admissions counselors and faculty in the Business Degree program were very impressed with him. Everyone feels that he has the capacity and work ethic to succeed.

Carlos is a talented basketball and soccer player, and he will be able to try out for those teams in Spring 2015, after the completion of his first semester at NC State.

This opportunity to attend a major, professionally accredited, reputable, highly ranked American University will change his life and the life of his family forever!

However, according to the regulations of NC State and most other public & private colleges and universities in the United States, his status as an inernational undergraduate student, makes him ineligible for any undergraduate scholarships or grants the way American students would be. According to NC State, "Many international students are supported through personal or family funds." They expect international undergraduate students to pay completely out of pocket.

Once he has finished his first year, he will be eligible for a multitude of private scholarships through third-party organizations that give scholarship money based on merit and need. He will prove himself to those organizations, and will work hard to get a scholarship-sponsored education from private donors as soon as he is able. This is why Carlos needs our help with tuition for his first year of college at NC State!

*All your tax deductible contributions for Carlos Pascall's education fund for tuition at NC State will be made directly from gofundme to a bank account of the Anika James Foundation. The Anika James Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving young men and women worldwide by raising funds for educational and performing arts projects.

Another reason Carlos needs our help: according to recent statistics provided by the World Bank, Forbes, and the US Department of State, "Poverty is rife in Honduras, with the poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line standing at 60% as of 2010. In typical situations, children have to quit school permanently to work at a tender age to help support their families. Even though school is fully state-subsidized up till the 6th grade, many children are still unable to attend school because their families can not afford to buy uniforms and school supplies. A study conducted in 2006 by National Institute of Statistics estimated that as many as 368,000 of the 1.7 million children ages five to 12 did not receive schooling in that year. The quality of the curriculum in Honduran public schools is poor... Teachers are paid low wages, they do not have access to effective teaching materials... In addition, there is a scarcity of teachers, with a teacher:student ratio of 1:33 in 2008. The destruction of over 3000 schools nationwide caused by hurricanes and gang violence has further weakened the country’s poor education infrastructure. Despite the lower academic standards, most families who can afford it send their children to the private schools to gain social status and not for the purpose of getting to a college or university, of which there are only few in Honduras, and their status is not recognized world-wide." This is why Carlos needs our assistance! He has a chance for a better life and wants to help his generation of young people improve their circumstances and make the world a better place!

Please take a look at what his former high school teachers now have to say about Carlos:

"I am a trained field research ecologist, biologist, and science educator. I taught Carlos for 2 years when I lived and worked in Honduras, teaching high school Biology and other science classes. Carlos was a straight A student who had the highest GPA in his class and one of the highest GPAs ever in the history of that school. Carlos is a bright, happy, kind, deserving young man who's life goals are centered on helping others and striving to do his part to make the world a better place. Carlos is very mature for his age, 19 years old, mainly because he is humble and self-sacrificing. He helped me save the life of another teacher when she was dying of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever! His fast thinking and complete willingness to help and do whatever it took to save her life was invaluable. He helped me arrange her extraction and transport from a rainforest wilderness area to a hospital, and he helped me arrange quality western medical care at one of the only intensive care units in Honduras. If it wasn't for his help and assistance, that teacher would not be alive right now. Carlos is also an artist; his sketches, drawings, and paintings in science classes were the most beautiful and intricately designed of all. My greatest hope is that Carlos gets the chance for a better life for himself and his family from an American university education. If I had the money to pay for his tuition myself, I would take it to NC State tomorrow and pay it for him, becuse he truly deserves it."
-Ms. Amanda Hartley, Lead Instructor at Engineering for Kids

"I have known Carlos for over 3 years, beginning in Honduras where I was his high school Chemistry professor for about three academic years. It is my pleasure to report that in his classes, Carlos always worked diligently, was kind and respectful to his teachers and fellow classmates, and was helpful to science department staff whenever student volunteers were needed to set up or take down laboratory experiments or assist with special projects outside of the classroom. In June of 2013, Carlos graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class. Carlos is very smart. He maintained the highest grade point average in the high school for all the years he attended. Beyond his high level of intelligence, and in addition to his diligence, kindness, respect, and helpfulness, he is also a service-oriented young man who is ready and willing to sacrifice his time, energy and comfort to help others. For example, he would spend many of his weekend hours tutoring other students in science and math related subjects for free. Carlos looks forward to working on improving conditions in Honduras and other developing nations across the world when he completes his university studies. He truly has a global vision for his future, and wants to use his Business degree for the betterment of the world. I think he will make a tremendous positive impact on other the students inside and outside the classroom and will contribute positively to the school environment at NC State."
-Dr. Maria Messner, Biomedical researcher and data analyst

"I was the coach of the boy's basketball team when Carlos was in high school in Siguatepeque, Honduras. In my capacity as a former professional basketball player and retired teacher, I can say without hesitation that Carlos is an excellent young man who deserves a chance at a solid American education from a University like NC State. He is a hard working student and athlete with a lot of skills and abilities. He had a good reputation in school and around town for being an upstanding student with exceptional moral character. He seems to be a natural leader and I think he is an outstanding candidate for the NCSU undergraduate Business program."
-Mr. Dan McCoy, YMCA youth mentor & athletic coach

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