The scholarship program was established by Tom Sullivan in 2003 with three students. Open Windows has since sponsored more than 175 students providing them with a combined 400+ years of education. This year there are 25 scholarship students.
The students are given funds to cover the costs of uniforms, books, and transportation. In return, they are asked to keep Open Windows informed of their progress. In addition, the students or family members take turns cleaning the library early each morning and during school vacations the scholarship students come to the learning center to help small groups of primary children with math and reading skills. This, in turn, helps them learn to teach, work with others and speak in front of groups. We also find that the siblings of high school students and graduates attend school more regularly than do other children.
Open Windows also helps graduates in preparing for job interviews, which includes writing a Curriculum Vitae. We hope to place these students in the local job market.
$500 sends a scholarship recipient to junior high school for one year and $800 sends a student to high school for a year.