Education  India Project #39535

Mission: University

by The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission
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The opening college-career meeting!
The opening college-career meeting!

Though it may be the worst named company in college counseling history, we recently had the pleasure of hosting a team from iDreamCareer.com to help us with our Mission: University project. As we're a little late to the game this year, the focus for our 12th class graduates was locating quality affordable universities and applying. We also included our current 12th class students as well as our current 11th class students, putting them all through an aptitude and career assessment test to get them thinking about college and what they might like to do much earlier. Next year...we won't miss any entrance exams or scholarship opportunities. We'll be ready.

The whole process was extremely exciting and had the entire mission buzzing about the idea of college. Children in much younger grades were overheard talking about careers and universities. All of it is creating a new culture of higher education with higher expectations here at the mission. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Acceptance letters will be coming out soon so we'll (hopefully) be passing along some good news soon. We've been paying admission fees for some of our students so we're definitely getting close. Thank you to all of you for getting involved and helping make this dream a reality. 

Sonia standing up to answer a question.
Sonia standing up to answer a question.
Jimika, grade 11, fills out her online assessment.
Jimika, grade 11, fills out her online assessment.
Kamal gets some 1-on-1 time with the counselor.
Kamal gets some 1-on-1 time with the counselor.
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Sonia opening the first college acceptance letter!
Sonia opening the first college acceptance letter!

Hey everyone, 

Just a quick update on the Mission: University project. There are many pieces to this puzzle, but so far everything is coming together nicely.

On the money side, we are now 75% of the way to fully funding year one! It's always amazing to see people step forward on behalf of these beautiful kids, so we thank you all for that. And the Mission U kids thank you as well. 

On the University side: we have several students accepted to top schools in North India with many more applications submitted or about to be submitted. 

We've also enlisted the help of a professional college coach who is doing one-on-one counseling with all of our kids to determine the best career options and the best schools for the best value. Best of all, not only will he be working with our ten most recent high school graduates, he's also including our current 12th class students and our current 11th class students to get ahead of the game. 

It's been an amazing experience to see this project come together. Though we're only a few weeks in, we're already launching our 2nd year fundraising effort...so the campaign total is being raised to $40,000. Most undergraduate degrees in India are three years, so the ultimate total we are looking for is $60,000. But we'll take it one year at a time if need be.

Thanks so much to everyone who has gotten involved. For all of these children, they will be the first member of their family to attend University. We are not simply giving them an education. We are changing the course of their family history. And we could not do it without you.

Love from India.

John

Saloni and Shivani. Mission: U Cheerleaders!
Saloni and Shivani. Mission: U Cheerleaders!
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The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

Location: Dist Champawat, Uttarakhand - India
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Twitter: @indianorphanage
Project Leader:
John Marshall
Dist Champawat, Uttarakhand India
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