During Athena’s inaugural Global Give Fundraiser at NAFSA in 2016, through generous donations from supporters throughout the field of international education as well as Athena’s dollar-for-dollar donation match, we were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of a new GoAbroad Annual Scholarship that supports a student in the Philippines to go to school for an entire academic year! This kicked off what is now an annual event, Athena’s Global Give Fundraiser, that serves as a part of Athena’s company wide S.O.S. Charitable Initiative.
2nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser In Review
In 2017, as our team was planning and strategizing for our 2nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser over lunch, we found ourselves in a discussion about the current state of the world and what we all thought the world could use more of. Of course, it goes without saying that the world could use a lot more of a bunch of things, but we wanted to know what members of our field of international education felt the world needs most right now. The options given were:
International educators cast their vote, and told us which value the world needs the most. The virtue that received the most votes became a part of the scholarship essay prompt for our Annual Scholarship Program in the Philippines. The winning virtue was Compassion.
Once again, thanks to numerous contributions from international educators at the NAFSA conference in Los Angeles, California in May 2017, we were able to raise $524.53 for the GoAbroad Foundation. Combining that with Athena’s dollar-for-dollar match, we presented the GoAbroad Foundation with a grand total of $1,049.06! This doubled what we raised during our 1st Annual Global Give Fundraiser the year before, and we were so excited that we will be able to create MORE scholarships for students in the Philippines! We can’t wait to double that number again this year when NAFSA comes to Pennsylvania!
2nd Annual Global Give Scholarship Recipient
The GoAbroad Foundation recently named the student awarded with the 2nd Global Give Scholarship – please join us in congratulating Jerlyn Mae! Jerlyn is pursuing a degree in elementary education at Normal Leyte University and wrote a touching application letter expressing her thoughts about education and the chosen virtue of compassion.
We are delighted to support Jerlyn Mae in her studies and we wish her the best of the best in her future endeavors!
Jerlyn– Thank You Letter – GoAbroad Foundation/Athena Global Give
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about Athena’s 3rd Annual Global Give Fundraiser, taking place at NAFSA in our home state of Pennsylvania when NAFSA rolls into Philadelphia in May of 2018! For more information on Athena’s past Global Give events, visit us here.