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Student Stories - Martha

Her name is Martha, a 3rd grader at Saint Elizabeth School in New York City. Martha and her older sister, an eighth grader at Saint Elizabeth, are being raised by their father, a manufacturing worker on disability whose annual income is just $24,000. Her father is on disability for a horrible accident he had on the job two years ago, that permanently disabled him. Martha’s mother died last year of heart disease and diabetes. Originally from Guatemala, Martha’s father is active in their parish and firmly believes in Catholic education. But without a Sponsor, Martha is in jeopardy of not being able to follow in her sister’s footsteps by completing her education at the school she loves. Living expenses are rising and college costs will be a strain on the household’s finances. Martha needs your support.

The family has been on the wait list for six months. Martha and her father are anxiously awaiting news that a sponsor has been found to assist them with tuition. Martha’s favorite subject is language because, “I like to learn how to read new words.” Reading books, doing homework, and playing with her best friend occupy her after-school time. Her older sister is “cool” and helps her with her homework assignments, and Martha boasts that she has the best sister in the world!

An Inner-City scholarship enables our students and their families to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please consider being a friend to Martha by helping her continue her education. She has been on the wait list for six months. Securing a Sponsor before the start of the new school year would bring a sigh of relief to this hard-working but struggling family.

Martha is currently on the wait list to receive a scholarship.
Won’t you help by becoming her sponsor?


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