We’ll soon kick off the campaign for our sixth year of the Girls Scholarship Program for Bumpeh Chiefdom. We thought you’d like to see what’s been accomplished in the first five years — by the numbers.
Sherbro Foundation was founded in March 2013. We immediately funded scholarships for 67 junior-high girls in the 2012-13 school year already in progress. The numbers have been steadily increasing:
1250 Total number scholarships awarded
Over 600 Number of girls receiving scholarships, some for more than one year
4 Number schools participating — 2 Jr/Sr Highs and 2 Jr High only
6X Increase in scholarships given annually — from 67 in 2013 to 410 in 2017
2X Increase in scholarship value in 2017 by adding uniforms for 2/3 of girls
2X Increase in number of girls attending Senior High — from 58 to 120 in 2017
100 Percent of girls wanting to attend Sr. High in 2017 who received scholarships
18 Number of 12th-grade awardees taking National exam (1st in 2016)
3 Number 12th-grade awardees meeting college entry requirements
1 College scholarship added in 2017
Here’s our five-year trend in scholarships:
Only one in three Bumpeh Chiefdom teens have been able to attend secondary school. We started by ensuring more girls made the transition from primary school to junior high.
We focus on the most disadvantaged girls at risk of dropping out of school — orphans or with single parents, low-income families, and students who must leave home villages to attend secondary school in town. Often, a girl meets all the criteria.
The drop-out rate from junior to senior high is typically 50%. Our goal is to advance more girls to senior high and help them graduate. So, we expanded senior-high scholarships, while continuing to increase junior-high enrollment.
The short-term dip in 2015-16 came after the seven-month Ebola crisis, when many students from villages, especially senior high girls, returned to school late or not at all.
With your strong support, we doubled scholarships and the value of the awards (scholarship plus uniform) in each of the last two years.
In 2016, the first three scholarship recipients graduated from senior high.
And in 2017, we reached the ultimate goal by awarding the first college scholarship to one of first girls to meet college entrance requirements.
Now in January 2018, we added extra tutoring classes to help ensure 9th and 12th graders pass their junior and senior high national completion exams and advance to their next level of education. We’ll continue this program for the 2018-19 academic year.
Step by step, we’re reaching the goal we set of girls completing secondary school. And now we’re reaching beyond, to help girls advance to college and become leaders in their community and their country.