Mark Cassidy wrote -The WCSF is an incentive scholarship program that was incorporated in January, 2012 in Waianae, Hawaii. The program works in one of Hawaii's most economically disadvantaged communities where less than 10% of the students earn 4 year college degrees. In its first of existence, the organization has seen its students average a 3.8 GPA, complete over 200 hours of service in their community, and all become involved in extracurricular activities. These students have also earned thousands of dollars in scholarship incentive awards and are truly on the path to being college ready.
The effects of poverty on the education of low income students is not unique to Hawaii, however, and the WCSF is looking to refine its pilot program on Oahu and bring it here to Chicago's own students with the same degree of success. The WCSF aims to raise the seed grant amount to establish its first class of WCSF students in Chicago. Every donation made goes directly towards the college tuition expenses of the students, and no student will be accumulate the money unless they earn it through meeting very rigorous program standards that are aligned to college admission requirements.