Kesi's School Year Abroad
Organized by: Michelle Philippin
Michelle Philippin via Crowdrise
August 25, 2015
I don't have a tragic story for you- one that will pull at your heart strings so that you pull out your wallet while crying into your keyboard. I've been there, and I've donated to those fundraisers, but this is not one of those. This is actually a story of triumph, of incredible persistence and perseverance, and then, as we all do sometimes, needing that bit of a boost to get us over the edge. Kesi Wilson is an amazing young woman. I've been lucky enough to get to know her because of her incredible teacher-mother, a dear friend and colleague, who brought her children to the U.S. when they were very young with little more than a suitcase and a heart full of hope. Kesi was raised to value the pursuit of her education to the fullest-- and, never settling for anything but her very best, Kesi was Valedictorian of her middle school class (Girls Prep) and earned a scholarship to the incredibly prestigious Philips Exeter Academy, where she now attends. Don't just take my word for it. Kesi is currently in her second year at Exeter, earning straight A's, and here's what her teachers have to say: "Kesi is a phenomenal writer and her level of critical inquiry and close textual engagement is on a very sophisticated level." "She remains brilliant, diligent, responsible, and highly conscientious." I'm writing today because Kesi has earned her way into another prestigious program-- the School Year Abroad program for scholars who are excelling in their study of Chinese. She will have the opportunity to travel all around the mainland, experiencing full cultural and language immersion, while simultaneously completing the core courses that will prepare her for college. She is one of SIXTY students in the NATION to be accepted into this program, and because they recognize the promise and value of her participation, they are covering over $55,000 in expenses for her to participate in this year-long program. HOWEVER. This is that boost that Kesi needs. There are $4,000 in essential expenses that are not covered: An incidental account- $800 for books, advanced-placement exams and other school related expenses, airfare- coming in at about $1,500, and personal spending money, which is about $1,800 for her entire time abroad. (Update! Kesi just recieved a travel stipend for her airfare, so we've been able to reduce our fundraiser to $2,800. We're over halfway there!) A scholar like Kesi deserves this experience and she deserves to have it fully, without the concern of a financial burden. She is ambitious, thoughtful, humble, and pretty much an-all around an awesome young woman. I am so proud to know her and so eager for her to have every opportunity, which is why I'm asking my family and friends for their support and I hope you will, too. (Spread the word!) We thank you all for reading and being as much a part of Kesi's story as you can afford to be.