Aug 13, 2018

Thank you letter from SOAR Student QQ

QQ in High School
QQ in High School

Dear SOAR volunteers,

Thank you all for visiting us last year! You are like my family, thus please allow me to call you grandma, grandpa, aunties and uncles. I sincerely appreciate for all your help and the SOAR scholarship!

Thanks to the SOAR scholarship, I became a high school student last year! As excited as I was, I felt the pressure at the same time with more subjects and homework. I ranked No. 10th in our class (about 60 students) and No. 32nd in entire 10th grade students (more than 600 students) during the first semester final exams. I promise, I will move up to at least No.20th next semester.

Last December, I won the silver medal for the National Science Competition for High School Students (Guizhou Province). While I was immersed in the joy of achievement, my mother got injured in the construction field. Her bones were fractured and had to stay in hospital for three months. It was during the final exam period and both my young brother and I had fever. Thanks to the SOAR scholarship, I didn’t ask any money from my father since then.

I also plan to save some scholarship for college. I did a simple math that if I only spend 200 dollars per semester, I will have some left for college. Although I’m not sure whether you still remember me, I remember you all and want to say: Thank you! Our teacher told us that lots of you got sick after the intense SOAR students visit trip. In the mountains of Guizhou province, there’s no road. Volunteers had to hike miles to reach one school and then immediately head to another one and anther one. They barely had time to eat and sleep. I am deeply touched by your warm greetings and care. I wish you all good health just like I wish for my grandma and parents.

I know that I am not smart as a whip, but I work very hard. I will study harder and harder, and will make progress. Thank you again for the scholarship and life got better and better because of SOAR!

Wish you all the Best!

QQ

(ps, from SOAR volunteers, “QQ, we all remember you and care for you!”)

QQ (right) with her father and younger brother
QQ (right) with her father and younger brother
May 18, 2018

A Thank You Letter to the SOAR Foundation

Xiaoli in childhood
Xiaoli in childhood

Dear SOAR volunteers and donors:

I hope all is well with you. I am a student from an impoverish family.  From the first day I entered the college, I have been overwhelmed by the many responsibilities on my shoulder:  I wish to help with improving the financial situation in my family, to be responsible for my future, and to make all the people who have helped me be proud of me…  Sometimes I worried that I wouldn’t be good enough, or would not be able to continue and be persistent chasing my dream.  But I also feel very lucky.  Poverty can’t diminish my desire and determination.  I’m honored to be awarded the SOAR scholarship.  Thank you so much for your care and love.  I don’t know how to express my gratitude, other than showing it through my future endeavor. I am willing to keep working hard, and to face life’s many challenges courageously.  It is winter now, but I do feel warm from the winter sunshine and most important from the loving care of you all. What you have given me is not just warmth, but also spiritual uplift.  I understand that you are trying to create a better learning environment which will allow me to finish my education without having to worry about financial issues and become someone useful to our society in the future.  I truly appreciate that. I don’t know how I can ever pay you back, but I believe that people who benefit from and are grateful for kindness from others will tend to pass such kindness on, and in so doing creating a positive environment and chain reaction.  Hopefully I can pass the loving care to others as well.  You helped me to understand the true meaning of love and gratitude. The scholarship not only helps relieving the financial burden of my family, but also inspired me to become more confident and courageous. I promise to use the scholarship wisely, and to repay your kindness by achieving academic excellence.   Life is beautiful because of you.  I am so grateful for all your help. I just want to say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to tell you that I am very happy and satisfied with my life now. I am surrounded by many nice professors, classmates and friends who care about me as much as you do.   Just like SOAR, which has accompanied me for the past five years, they are like my family and have supported me through ups and downs in life.   The love and kindness from all of you have touched the softest part of my heart and is most precious for me.  As my mom used to say, the most difficult thing to do is to give without expecting any return; and the most trustworthy friend is one who helps you when help is most needed. Thank you so much for your unselfish devotion and assistance.  I believe that with your help, I will be able to find the green sunny path that leads to a bright future, and that your love and support will illuminate the way for me in my future pursuit.

Finally, I wish to send my greetings from the distant China and wish you all a happy new year! May you have successful careers and good health in 2018!  Good luck with everything!

Respectfully,

SOAR student: Xiaoli

January 18, 2018

Xiaoli as a Medical School student now
Xiaoli as a Medical School student now
Happy Xiaoli
Happy Xiaoli
Feb 20, 2018

A Thank You Note to SOAR

Haitao on Campus at Beijing University
Haitao on Campus at Beijing University

From high school to college, I have been so lucky to be awarded a SOAR scholarship every year.  From a rural kid born into a poor family in Hebei province to a freshman in the prestigious Beijing University, the SOAR scholarships were not only my lifeline financially, but also my moral supports emotionally. 

There are four of us in my family: my parents, my grandpa, and me.   When I was in high school, my father was the sole provider for our family, even after his stomach operation.  My Mom had been weakened by diabetes, with sunken eyes and weight loss; and my grandpa is old with a weak heart and a history of heart attack.  My parents had to work extra hard to take care of me and my grandpa, and to buy the medication for grandpa.  I realized how fragile life is, and I was determined to study medicine to help people.  High school was tough, but SOAR’s scholarships enabled me to focus on my goal without financial concerns.

Nowadays, I am a pre-med student in Beijing University, hungry for knowledge and the full college experience.  There are so much to do, and I want to take advantage of the all the opportunities and resources the college has to offer: I spend long hours studying in the library, and run between the library and dormitory to save time.  At the beginning of the semester, I was elected athletics representative of our class and organized a basketball team.  After two months of training, we ranked number two in the college tournament.  I volunteered to work at the New Year Party of the Medical School, in charge of stage lighting.  Contrary to some popular belief, I think learning and working hard towards one’s goal is a greatest joy, and today’s hard work is an investment in a brighter future.  But college students should not just live in an ivory tower; community service, civil engagement, and practical internships should all be parts of a complete college experience.

While SOAR’s college grant helps to pay my tuition and fees, I took part-time jobs to help with living expenses, and to reduce the burden to my family.  Thanks to SOAR’s grant, my family could afford to send me to college, and I could enjoy my college experience and all the excellent resources and opportunities that Beijing has to offer.  I dearly cherish this opportunity to attend college, made possible by SOAR’s college grant. I feel incredibly inspired to be the best version of myself, empowered to chase my dream to help others, and to carry on SOAR’s tradition of love, hope and charity.      

Thank you, SOAR Foundation!

Haitao (right) and His Basketball Team
Haitao (right) and His Basketball Team
 
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