Dear Friends and Neighbors,
A Better Chance is a shining example of what makes Darien such a special place – a scholarship program that celebrates our exceptional high school by sharing it with bright, highly-motivated young women of color from academically underserved communities. We currently host eight scholars who bring a great deal to our town through their varied life experiences, their perspectives, and their wonderful spirit. The results of the program are measurable and positive. In 37 years of operation, 48 girls have graduated from Darien High School and have continued their education at selective four-year colleges. Our 2017 graduate, Jenelsy Lopez, has just started her freshman year at Franklin and Marshall. Our other recent grads are pursuing their studies at schools such as Amherst, George Washington, and Columbia.
Your support shows your commitment to not only of the importance of a great education, but also of the incredible possibilities the gift of education can bring.
Our program, and the young women whose lives we dramatically impact, is flourishing. For the first time in our history, we now house 8 young women in our renovated home at 103 Tokeneke Road, two per grade level. Our Resident Directors, Beth and Peter Horan, raised their four children in Darien and are a familiar face to many. They have embraced the program and the scholars with open arms and provide a stable and loving environment. We have recently welcomed Monica McCabe as our after-school supervisor and cook. She is a vibrant young woman, loved by the girls and Resident Directors alike.
The investment that we make to sponsor our scholars includes expenses similar to those you have running your home including food, heating oil, tutors and insurance. Our annual operating budget of $170,000 is entirely funded by local friends and supporters like you. We receive no government funding, nor any financial support from our national organization.
Please join us as a proud partner in the celebration of our town, our high school, our scholars and all of the opportunities that a great education provides by donating to our Annual Appeal.
Thank you on behalf of our scholars and our Board.
Pat Cage and Kimberly Servas, Co-Presidents
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