Educational Charity: Things to Keep in Mind

There’s an old saying that goes a little something like this: “Give man fish and he will be full for one day. Teach man how to fish and he will never go hungry.” The same goes for giving alms to the poor. When people donate money to beggars roaming the streets, knocking on their car windows, or tugging on their winter coats, they will be able to buy themselves some food until the cash they’ve been given runs out. However, if people would instead teach the needy ways on how to make money for themselves, then they would never have to beg for it ever again, and they wouldn’t have to count on the kindness of other people just to be able to put food in their tummies. Because then they would know how to make money for themselves. Thus is the importance of educational charity to the poor.

There are just a few things to keep in mind for those who are interested in applying to any of these organizations. First, is that most, if not all, sponsorships coming from educational trusts would usually entail an applicant to pass a highly explicit set of conditions that would deem him or her worthy to receive the financial grant. Some organizations have age limits, while others favor applicants of a certain religion, there are also those who give scholarships based on a student’s course, while some base it on the undergraduate’s academic records or extra-curricular activities, and many others. Also, keep in mind that sometimes an educational charity would not be able to take care of everything. There are those who would only pay for tuition, others who would just give budget for books, uniforms or other school supplies, and others who would give partial support to students who are about to graduate, but are having a hard time paying for their remaining balance. Additionally, another usual prerequisite to receiving financial aid is proof that income really isn’t enough to pursue an education, and that other means have been tried, but nothing has yet been successful.

Remember, all of these reminders are just general things to keep in mind. If one would really want to get some help from an institution dedicated to educational charity, the best thing to do would be to go straight to the library and look up books on the subject. There are plenty of publications discussing the latter as well as the organizations that offer financial aid. So give the poor the gift of education, and don’t let them be dependent on the more privileged all the time.