Feb 22, 2016

Meet Duo Liu, a Former SOAR Foundation Scholar

Duo's student ID in College
Duo's student ID in College

After both of Duo’s parents passed away in his early childhood, he was raised by his Grandfather. His older brother dropped out of middle school to support the family, and Duo was dangerously close to doing the same when he was awarded his first SOAR scholarship in sixth grade. SOAR continued to support him with scholarships and a mentor throughout all six years of his middle and high school careers. He matriculated to college in Chongqing, and graduated with a BA in International business in 2010. Currently, he works as a Client Service Executive in the green energy industry in Shanghai.

And fifteen years after receiving his first scholarship, Duo Liu is giving back to SOAR. Duo says he donates to SOAR in order "to support other kids to stay in School just as other SOAR donors supported me all those years ago!”

Duo Liu's story is the best testimony to SOAR's mission: helping bright students in rural China stay in school so they can achieve their dreams, reach their full potential, and give back to the community.

As a donor, you can support SOAR in our mission: providing merit-based scholarships to extremely deserving but underprivileged middle and high school students in rural China. On average, we award approximately 1,000 scholarships annually so that these intelligent students can continue to attend universities, and achieve success in college and beyond.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 36 donors who helped us exceed our goal in the 2015 Year-End Challenge by raising $3,880. 100% of your net donations have gone directly to providing scholarships. We thank you for your generosity and the life-changing impact you have made in the lives of these students.

Duo and his classmates in a high school dorm
Duo and his classmates in a high school dorm
Nov 25, 2015

Help 8000+ Chinese Students Staying In School

Chunchao: A Scholar's Journey
Chunchao: A Scholar's Journey

Ove 40 million school-aged children are at risk of dropping out of school before their high school graduation in rural China, Chunchao almost became one of them! Back when Chunchao was 11 years old, life became extremely difficult for him. His family lived in a remote village in China, and his parents both had disabilities. He had just entered middle school and his grades were excellent; but his family can no longer afford his schooling, and he was told that he had no choice but to drop out. He cried and cried in the run-down home.

Then one day his teacher told him, a SOAR Foundation based in America may be able to help him.  Several volunteers from SOAR visited his family home during their annual visit to China, they looked at all the academic awards on the wall, and talked to him and his parents for a long time. After that, he was informed that he could apply for a $400 SOAR Scholarship which would cover all tuitions, fees, and supplies for an entire school year. He did not have to drop out of school after all! From then on, SOAR became an important part of his life.   For the next six years, he was supported by SOAR Scholarships all through middle and high schools. He also got one-on-one mentoring from a SOAR volunteer who exchanged letters with him for many years, offering encouragement and advice along the way.  After 6 years of receiving SOAR scholarships, Chunchao gained a college admission in Beijing in 2006, a tall honor achieved by only 3% of rural graduates. Today, he has graduated with two degrees and is working for Bank of China!   

Chunchao is just one of the thousands of students in rural China that was helped by these scholarships every year. Since 1995, the SOAR Foundation has provided 26,600 merit-based scholarships to more than 8,000 impoverished yet gifted students across rural China to finish high school and achieve success thereafter. Many of these students have now become productive members of the society, and some are attending graduate schools, in China and in the US.

In order to reach out to more first-time donors after 20 years of great efforts, this year SOAR Foundation started a partnership with GlobalGiving. During the September Open Challenge, SOAR’s project, “Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year” raised $16,640, a Second Place finish that won an additional $2,000 award from GlobalGiving! Thank you so much for more than 80 donors who made donations to SOAR’s project on GlobalGiving.

While this is great news for those school children and youth in rural China, more scholarships are urgently needed and everyone can help! SOAR’s Year-End Campaign on GlobalGiving, which is just around the corner during the holiday season. Our project aims to raise at least $3,000 additionally from 30 donors during the month of December. While you are celebrating the holidays and making your tax-deductible donations to charities, please remember students like Chunchao for whom your kindness could mean the difference between staying in and dropping out of school. Please kindly donate to SOAR’s Project, “Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China,” or become a recurring donor. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!

                                                                                       

Chunchao at Age 11
Chunchao at Age 11
Chunchao: Home and Academic Awards
Chunchao: Home and Academic Awards
 
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