Educational Institutions

The Magdalene Scholarship Fund

  • Portland, OR
  • http://www.mathabane.com/mark_mathabane_scholarship.html

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Mission Statement

The fund has a very specific mission: to create hope in an impoverished, bleak part of the world by providing scholarships, books, uniforms and school supplies for needy children attending Bovet Primary School in Alexandra Township, South Africa. It also helps former Bovet students continue their education at the high school and university level. The scholarship program will be broadened to include other schools in Alexandra as the fund expands.

Service Areas

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International

The Magdalene Scholarship Fund helps needy students in Alexandra Township, South Africa, attend school. The fund pays for school fees, books, bookbags and school supplies for children whose families cannot afford the annual school fees of about $16 per year. More than 100 students of Bovet School in Alexandra are helped each year, including graduates of Bovet who test well enough to attend local high schools. The fund has become a reliable and steady source of funding over the years.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2011

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Dr. Mark Mathabane

Co Principal Officer since 2011

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Gail E Mathabane

Keywords

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scholarship, south africa, AIDS, education, africa, school

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EIN

33-1111212

 Number

0657539185

Also Known As

Magdalene Scholarship Fund

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Magdalene Scholarship Fund has had a tremendously positive impact on the lives of its recipients. Based on letters and emails from students, receiving help to cover the cost of schools fees and books has allowed them to stay in school rather than dropping out. It has given them hope, where before they saw only despair and desperation. One scholarship recipient wrote this poem:

 


Respectfully We Thank You

The needy children of Bovet say thank you

We cried for help and you heard our voices

You brought hope to our school

School overshadowed by hunger and poverty

Today we can wear school uniforms

Just because of you

Today our bare feet can wear shoes

Just because of you

Today we can pay school fees

Just because of you

Today our future looks bright

Just because of you

When days are dark, friends are few

You came through for us during these days

No human words are enough to thank you

Our prayers are with you

You will always be in our memories

The needy children of Bovet say thank you

Rolivhuwa Hi khensile

(Respectfully we thank you)

Programs

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Program 1

Currently there are approximately 105 students receiving scholarships from the Magdalene Scholarship Fund. Many of these students are orphans have lost their parents to AIDS or violence. Others are the children of unemployed single mothers who are unable to pay their school fees. Most live in crowded shacks without plumbing or electricity.

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Service Areas

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International

The Magdalene Scholarship Fund helps needy students in Alexandra Township, South Africa, attend school. The fund pays for school fees, books, bookbags and school supplies for children whose families cannot afford the annual school fees of about $16 per year. More than 100 students of Bovet School in Alexandra are helped each year, including graduates of Bovet who test well enough to attend local high schools. The fund has become a reliable and steady source of funding over the years.

Funding Needs

The school is in need of more funding for scholarships for needy students. Capital needs include books for the school library, computers to replace the ancient ones in the school's makeshift computer lab, and a photo copy machine for teachers to use.

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The Magdalene Scholarship Fund
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Dr. Mark Mathabane

Co Principal Officer

Gail E Mathabane

BIO

Mark Mathabane, founder of the Magdalene Scholarship Fund, grew up in Alexandra Township under apartheid in the 1960s and 1970s. With help from tennis professionals Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe, he came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship in 1978. He wrote his first book, Kaffir Boy, at ate 24 and it was published in 1986 at the height of the anti-apartheid movement. A film version of the book is under development. His other books include Kaffir Boy in America, African Women, Miriam's Song, Ubuntu, Love in Black and White and The Proud Liberal. His goal for the scholarship fund is to grow it enough to help students at other schools in Alexandra Township, from preschools to vocational schools and universities.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark J Mathabane

No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2014

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