Educational Institutions

TLC Scholarship Fund

  • Memphis, TN
  • https://tlcscholarship.org

Mission Statement

Our unique college scholarship award model is offered to low-income high school students in rural areas of the Philippines, so that they can complete their college or vocational education. We take a variety of socioeconomic factors into account, going beyond financial need of the applicant, and rewarding characteristics such as integrity, leadership, compassion, academic merit, and public service. In our scholars, we are looking for the next generation of Filipino leaders, who will be strong academically, ethically and socially. All of which pays tribute to Timoteo and Luisa Cachola, our honorable parents and inspiration behind the TLC Scholarship Fund.

Along with awarding scholarships to deserving students, TLC also helps fund the construction of modest school buildings in rural areas of the country, especially in the province of Ilocos Sur, where many of our scholars originate. We give money to schools that are underfunded by the Philippine government, to help with expansion projects on existing structures, or for entirely new school structures.

As well, TLC is involved in public health projects. We are partners with the Breast Cancer Imperative, which provides critical early detection cancer screening for indigent women in Northern Luzon, using an innovative mobile clinic called the Mammovan.

Main Programs

  1. TLC Scholarship
  2. TLC School Science Building Expansion
  3. Mammovan Mobile Mammography Clinic

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Service Areas

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International

Our scholarship and school building programs currently serve Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

Our Mobile Mammography Clinic currently serves northern Luzon in the Philippines.

ruling year

2000

President since 1999

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Mr. Salvador Cachola

Keywords

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High school, scholarships, low income, rural, academics, leadership, public service, Philippines, construction, public health, breast cancer, mammogram, mammography

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Also Known As

TLC Fund

EIN

81-0528151

 Number

6941725462

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Rural (S32)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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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We have awarded five TLC Scholarships so far and we are on our second school building project. Our partner organization, the Breast Cancer Imperative, has served over 1000 people through its mobile mammography clinic, and has trained thousands of community health providers and lay people.

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

TLC Scholarship

Scholarship award program that invests in the college education of Filipino students by providing grants to low-income students and no-interest educational loans to other deserving students in rural areas. Beyond financial need, we look for qualities of academic merit, leadership, compassion, public service, and a desire to build a better future for the Philippines.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000

Program 2

TLC School Science Building Expansion

TLC is funding the expansion of a science building at the Narvacan National Central High School, which is located in the rural town of Narvacan, a province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. When completed, the building will include science labs, which it didn't have before.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000

Program 3

Mammovan Mobile Mammography Clinic

Part of the Breast Cancer Imperative, the mobile Mammovan clinic -- the first of its kind in the Philippines and Southeast Asia -- offers free screening mammography services to indigent women in Northern Luzon.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$5,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The TLC Scholarship Fund plays an important role in helping shape the future of the Philippines. Our long-term goals reach beyond financial assistance for those in need. We aim to instill in our scholars qualities of ethics and social responsibility, along with academic excellence. Whether they choose to live and work domestically or internationally after college graduation, we believe our scholars will come to represent the best the Philippines has to offer.

    To achieve such goals also requires proper infrastructure, especially for rural, underfunded schools that need our help the most. Our team is currently involved with the expansion of a science building at the Narvacan National Central High School. These school construction projects are vital in helping augment the learning environment for our scholars, while also benefiting all students.

    As well, through our public health initiative – led by the Breast Cancer Imperative, serving Northern Luzon – our goal is early detection of breast cancer through an innovative mobile mammography clinic, the Mammovan, which helps serve an indigent population that accounts for 70% of breast cancer cases in the Philippines. Breast cancer is a country-wide public health epidemic among Filipino women.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    For our scholars, we strive to offer networking opportunities, both during and after their college or vocational education. Through the power of technology, we hope to empower our award scholars with tools they can use throughout their educational journey, allowing them to focus on being competitive in their respective fields.

    For our building projects, our team is currently involved with the expansion of a science building at the Narvacan National Central High School, located in the province of Ilocos Sur. Other building projects are currently being researched for feasibility.

    For our breast cancer program, led by the Breast Cancer Imperative, an innovative mobile mammography clinic, the Mammovan, specifically serves the indigent population. The BRCIA team is comprised of doctors, nurses, technicians, and volunteers.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For our scholarship program, we have a website setup that collects information from applicants, and we have a large network of local team members in the Philippines who can coordinate, setup meetings, and the like. Our board has a lot of reach, we just need to delegate tasks to the right people and they get done.

    For our building projects, we have local and trustworthy team members who can oversee construction projects on the ground. Making sure funds get to the right people, such as contractors, is easy for us to coordinate between our U.S. and Filipino team members, as we are in constant contact with them, along with a high level of trust that exists between the groups.

    The Breast Cancer Imperative has its infrastructure, team, and networks already in place, and funding for it flows through the TLC Scholarship Fund, with a high degree of trust between the two organizations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know that progress has been made when we begin attracting larger donors, who appreciate our overall mission of helping shape future leaders of the Philippines, as well as helping those currently in need.

    On the public health front, we will know progress has been made when we see our efforts for early cancer screening expand, leading to lower rates of breast cancer in Filipino women.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    For our scholarship program, we have awarded a number of scholars, and know of at least one who has gone on to a successful career. We have not, however, reached enough people that understand our mission in this area. We now have a website that better illustrates our mission, and with a more sophisticated online merchant account specific for donors. We are running a scholar recruitment campaign currently that will be rolled out to one of our schools in Narvacan.

    For our building projects, we have constructed one school building, and are currently doing an expansion project on another. We have not, however, generated enough money to start a new building project yet.

    The Breast Cancer Imperative has enjoyed much success since it started in 2014, but its work is never done, and it requires a steady stream of funding to continue operations.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Our scholarship and school building programs currently serve Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

Our Mobile Mammography Clinic currently serves northern Luzon in the Philippines.

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Funding Needs

1) We need to fund our scholars and provide them with technological support remotely. 2) We need funding to support our school construction and expansion projects for underfunded schools in rural areas, where many of our scholars come from. 3) We need funding for the Breast Cancer Imperative, in order to keep the Mammovan mobile screening clinic operational, and to pay for mammograms, technicians, nurses, and films for our patients.

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TLC Scholarship Fund

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President

Mr. Salvador Cachola

BIO

Mr. Cachola started the TIMOTEO & LUISA CACHOLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND along with the help of family members around the world, to honor the legacy of their parents, Timoteo and Luisa Cachola (hence our name, TLC), who served as strong role models in their hometown of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. In essence, TLC is dedicated to helping and encouraging high school students from rural areas complete their college and vocational education, in the same way that members of the Cachola family went to college: through mutual cooperation and social support. Mr. Cachola took the lessons he learned from his parents and weaved them into his life; and thus, into the core mission of the TLC Scholarship Fund.

A certified public accountant and former attorney, Mr. Cachola graduated from the prestigious University of the Philippines in the 1960s. Around this time, he met and fell in love with a United States Peace Corps volunteer who was teaching English in the Philippines, and soon after they married, moved to San Francisco, and eventually moved to Montana, the birthplace of his wife, where they raised a family. Mr. Cachola opened his accounting firm in Montana and continues operating it today from Memphis, Tennessee, where he now resides with his wife, their children, and grandchildren.


STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The TLC Scholarship Fund plays an important role in helping shape the future of the Philippines. Our long-term goals reach beyond financial assistance for those in need. We aim to instill in our scholars qualities of ethics and social responsibility, along with academic excellence. Whether they choose to live and work domestically or internationally after college graduation, we believe our scholars will come to represent the best the Philippines has to offer.

It's estimated there are over 2 million overseas Filipino workers, a majority of whom are in low paying, low status jobs. Although wages sent back home from OFW's contribute to the current Philippine economy, many OFW's living in other countries are also treated unfairly, even selectively jailed. And there remains little room for these low level workers to move up in society, both abroad and at home. Filipinos from rural areas who do not have the benefit of a college education, and who do not have good examples of inspiring leadership, often get pigeonholed into low status jobs indefinitely. This unfortunate pattern has a tendency to produce generations of Filipinos living in poverty, while also allowing corruption to flourish.

We strive to give our scholars the necessary exposure and networking for them to prosper, both during and after their college or vocational education. Through the power of technology, we hope to empower our award scholars with tools they can use throughout their educational journey, allowing them to focus on being competitive in their respective fields.

To achieve such goals also requires proper infrastructure, especially for rural, underfunded schools that need our help the most. Our team is currently involved with the expansion of a science building at the Narvacan National Central High School. These school construction projects are vital in helping augment the learning environment for our scholars, while also benefiting all students.

As well, through our public health initiative – led by the Breast Cancer Imperative, serving Northern Luzon – our goal is early detection of breast cancer through an innovative mobile mammography clinic, the Mammovan, which helps serve an indigent population that accounts for 70% of breast cancer cases in the Philippines. Breast cancer is a country-wide public health epidemic among Filipino women.

To continue offering our three programs requires public funding. We simply can't do it otherwise. Currently, TLC relies heavily on donations from our large extended family, as the organization originally began as a family affair. However, as our reach and a desire to make a bigger impact on society grows, to fulfill our mission requires more individual donations, corporate gift matching, and the like. Won't you please join us in our cause, so we can continue our important work? Stay connected by signing up for our newsletter at https://tlcscholarship.org/, and also through our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tlcfund."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Salvador Cachola

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Term: Jan 1999 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?