In 1989, the Foundation initiated an Adopt-A-Scholar program wherein local corporations and individuals assume the financial obligation of a Simon Estes Scholarship(s) at the current award rate. Adopted Scholars are required to maintain regular communication with their sponsors. A diligent effort is made by the Foundation to match a sponsor with a scholar having similar interests and career pursuits. If you would like to adopt a scholar, please Contact Us.A restricted scholarship is also available for students pursuing degrees in law. Visit the Anna Goodwin Benn Memorial Scholarship.
Participants in this program have included:
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Funding: The Foundation began as an all-volunteer organization hiring contract labor only on occasion to assist with special projects. Funds are raised through a series of annual concerts which have featured the talents of such performing greats as Simon Estes, Joy Simpson, Cynthia Clarey, Marietta Simpson, Gordon Hawkins, Daniel Washington, and Angela Brown. Special appearances by notables such as Noble Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has led to national recognition of the Foundation's scholarship efforts. Proceeds from these events, along with donations from individuals, corporations, and Foundation grants are used to support future scholarships, broaden the Foundation's base of support, and ensure financial stability.
Tax Exemption: The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This exemption, granted in May 1984, remains in full force and effect. Contributions to the organization are therefore "tax deductible" to the fullest extent of the law. The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. is not a private foundation by the definition of section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
With our Adopt-A-Scholar Program