Give Kids A Chance

Need-Based Scholarship Fund for High School Seniors

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     Message from Brian J. McDonough, Executive Director of Give Kids A Chance 

     in light of the recent events happening globally:

First and foremost, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Several years ago, when I first started thinking about what could be done to help those less fortunate than ourselves my immediate thoughts turned to education. Almost 20 years and nearly 500 scholarships awarded to deserving high school seniors later I can proudly say that we have done a great deal to help young, under privileged students achieve their dreams of going to college.   All of you have been so important in helping GKAC achieve its goal of providing much needed financial assistance to these young people. However, given the events of the last several days I have asked myself, "Am I doing enough?" I have been so troubled by the treatment of people in our country who, for no reason other than the color of their skin, have to live in fear of being mistreated. It just is not fair.


I am heartened by the fact that almost 70% of the scholarships that Give Kids A Chance has granted from its inception have been awarded to minority students. The reason for this, of course, is that an overwhelming majority of the applications we receive are submitted by minority students. As exemplified by our motto, "Education is Power", helping these young people become college educated is not only in their best interest but in the best interests of our country. A better-educated populace is bound to be a more understanding and compassionate citizenry. The exposure that young people get to a diverse group of other young persons while in college helps to positively mold their attitudes for years to come.


As many of you know, last year GKAC increased our annual scholarships (paid out to awardees each year for 4 years) from $1,000 to $1,250. We typically award scholarships to 25 high school students each year. This year we have decided to award 30 scholarships. I am personally committing to funding one of the five additional scholarships. This is neither a plea nor a request for any contributions to GKAC. Rather, it is a challenge, for those of you who can, to do whatever is in your heart to help someone who is hurting---whether because of the events of the very recent days or because of the awful pandemic that has swept our country. Perhaps give to a food bank. Go to a store and buy someone a bag of groceries. Assist a house bound elderly person. Whatever---let's pay it forward so that we all can live a brighter, more meaningful life. Treating others nicely makes the soul feel so much better.


Thanks for letting me interrupt you with my message. Have a wonderful day.

    Brian J. McDonough

    Executive Director

Education is Power!


Give Kids A Chance is committed to providing low-income high school seniors in Florida the opportunity to continue their post-high school education. The donor advised fund provides scholarship assistance to need-based students to help defray the cost of continuing higher education. Since its inception in 2004, the fund has raised over $1.5 million 

and awarded over 420 scholarships to date.  

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