Educational Institutions

Chairscholars Foundation Inc

  • Odessa, FL
  • www.chairscholars.org

Mission Statement

People with disabilities represent the largest minority group in the nation and the only group any one of us could join at any time.  This group crosses lines of ethnicity, gender, age and socioeconomic status.  Yet, Americans with disabilities have the highest rate of unemployment, the highest rate of poverty and the lowest level of education of any minority grouless than 3 percent of institutionalized giving is directed to programs serving people with disabilities. They are the forgotten minority.

The ChairScholars Foundation, Inc. is a Florida-based charity with 501c (3) status.  Our sole mission is to provide scholarships to low-income children with severe physical disabilities for college.  We have three programs for this purpose; the Florida Program, the National Program and the New York Metropolitan Area Program.

Main Programs

  1. Florida Scholarship Program
  2. National Scholarship Program
  3. New York Metropolitan Area Scholarship Program
Service Areas

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National

We have three scholarship programs: The Florida Program serves the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia. The New York Metropolitan Area Program serves the five boroughs of New York City, part of Long Island, northern and central New Jersey. The National Program serves the entire United States.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 1992

Self-reported

Dr. Hugo Keim

Keywords

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physical disabilities, scholarships

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EIN

65-0442193

Physical Address

16101 Carencia Lane

Odessa, FL 33556 3278

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The goal of the ChairScholars Foundation is to decrease the achievement gap for young people with physical disabilities. In 18 years of service, we have awarded 702 scholarships to deserving young people across the nation. We expanded our programming scope in 2010 by launching  the New York Metropolitan Area Scholarship Program, and awarded 4 new scholarships to students in New York. The collective objective of these programs is to improve the outcomes for young people with physical disabilities in terms of their standard of living and independence. We believe that education is the vital link in reducing the gap in achievement for this under-served segment of the American population.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Florida Scholarship Program

The Florida Scholarship Program provides scholarships for full college tuition, or vocational training. Scholarships are available to middle school students attending public schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia counties. Eligible students must have a serious physical disability, qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, and have at least a “C” average.  Selected students are provided with a mentor until they graduate from high school.  These students also sign a “contract” pledging to stay drug-free and crime-free in order to keep their scholarship.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$370,000.00

Program 2

National Scholarship Program

The National Scholarship Program is available to students from Maine to Oregon, Texas to Minnesota – and everywhere in between.  This program provides a maximum of $20,000 in tuition assistance over four years for students to achieve a bachelor’s degree. High school seniors and college freshmen with profound physical challenges, unmet financial need, at least a B average, and a track record of community service or social contribution are eligible to apply.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$311,000.00

Program 3

New York Metropolitan Area Scholarship Program

The New York Metropolitan Area Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors residing in the five burroughs of New York City, part of Long Island, and northern and central New Jersey. Candidates with at least a C+ average, and history of community service, or social contribution are eligible to apply. Candidates must provide proof of unmet financial need. This program currently provides a maximum of $20,000 in tuition assistance over four years for students to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$41,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We have three scholarship programs: The Florida Program serves the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia. The New York Metropolitan Area Program serves the five boroughs of New York City, part of Long Island, northern and central New Jersey. The National Program serves the entire United States.

Funding Needs

ChairScholars Foundation submits grant applications to private foundations, corporate foundations and other public foundations for support. We also generate funding through two annual solicitation campaigns to sustain operations. Currently, three scholarship programs are available to address the needs of physically disabled youth nationwide. The foundation seeks funding to support programming and administrative activities throughout the year.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Hugo Keim

BIO

Dr. Keim was Chief of Spinal Surgery for 28 years at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City before moving to Tampa, Florida with his wife, Alicia. He and Alicia are the motivating forces, along with a young and enthusiastic Board of Trustees in helping disabled children go to college or vocational school.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our vision for ChairScholars is to help young Americans with severe physical disability and great unmet financial need get an education beyond high school. The problem of achievement for disbaled people in the nation is overlooked by public social services. There are other organizations that help with the cost of healthcare, but few address the need for education. ChairScholars Foundation provides the vital link to stability and self-sufficiency that these young people require to succeed."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hugo A. Keim M.D.

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