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NCVO’s John Gray fund supports those seeking higher education

Students looking to unzip their educational potential may not always be in the financial position to do so.

Just days before the National Council of Volunteer Organisations annual fundraising telethon, Chief Executive Officer Janice Wilson tells Cayman 27’s Kevin Morales that’s where the NCVO’s John Gray Fund comes in.
“The John Gray Fund is a scholarship fund,” she said. “It’s aimed for students who are studying their first degrees — so either associates or bachelor’s degrees. And it’s a top-up fund. It’s to assist with things like living expenses, transportation, accommodations, books.”

Right now, US $60,000 helps 10 students currently selected to receive funding. Ms. Wilson says past recipients have been eager to share how the fund helped them reach their education goals.
“We’re fortunate. People that have completed their degree have sent us thank you notes saying they couldn’t have done it without us,” Ms. Wilson said.

And those of you who donate will likely see the benefits down the road.

“We always encourage, actually, the students that we help to come back and volunteer in some capacity,” Ms. Wilson said. “Or to give back to the community in general.”

The goal for this year’s telethon is to raise $130,000 dollars, a fraction of the organisation’s $1 million operating budget.
“We are totally reliant on public support from corporations and private individual donations,” Ms. Wilson said. “We can’t continue to run the programmes we do without them. And the more donations we receive, the more people we can help.”

The NCVO telethon begins at 7 p.m. Saturday 22 October.

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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