The Maslow Graduate Fund

Once a homeless student graduates from one of Jackson County’s high schools, what resources are available to them if they want to pursue additional education and training? Traditional scholarships can help with books and tuition, but there are many other expenses associated with college that scholarships won’t cover. These expenses often become a barrier to young adults looking to continue their transition out of poverty and toward a life of financial stability. The Maslow Graduate Fund is helping to remove a few of those barriers.

The Maslow Graduate Fund was created to honor the memory of Judy Baierl DeMaio, a dedicated teacher who taught inner city middle school kids for 32 years. The fund is available to Maslow Project clients who have graduated from high school or earned their GED’s and wish to pursue further education, and can be applied to various needs, including: SAT test fees, college application fees, bus fare, college textbooks, laptop computers, and course tuition.

To date, the fund has helped us fund a wide variety of essential educational supports, including: laptop computers, dorm bedding and basic dorm supplies, tuition and miscellaneous class fees, college application fees, books and a graphing calculator. We are hoping to continue to grow the Graduate Fund over the years in order to give Maslow youth an additional resource to help them on their way to self-sufficiency, and would be interested in finding additional sources of support for challenge matches to help build the fund. If you would like to make a donation to the Maslow Graduate Fund, please click here, and select “Maslow Graduate Fund” on the “Would you like to donate this to a specific campaign?”  and include the words “Maslow Graduate Fund” in the memo. Thank you so much for your support!