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Your donation is an empowering gesture that supports our organization and the students we serve. 

Annual Fund

More schools, more students, more scholarships

Everyone deserves access to quality education, yet some school systems are unable to deliver on this expectation. Due to a number of social and economic circumstances, children of color tend to enroll in public schools with limited resources.

 

This puts students at a notable disadvantage when preparing for college, resulting in dropout and limited professional opportunities that perpetuate a cycle of marginalization.

To alleviate these situations, Sprout partners with public high schools and middle schools to provide disadvantaged students with additional resources, such as tutoring in science and math, mentorship, professional development, networking opportunities, and scholarships.

Presently, Sprout is a partner of two schools––The Met School and Nathanael Greene Middle School––and intends to partner with a third school in Providence, Newport, or Woonsocket. In order to do so, the organization is seeking funding to kickstart this new collaboration.

Through its inaugural annual fund, Sprout aims to raise $10,000 to support an additional 60 students per year. With over 50 tutors from Brown University, Bryant University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island, this funding would be used to pay coordinators and tutors and purchase learning materials for interactive activities.

By employing a thoughtful teaching style where sessions are engaging and cumulative, students remain interested in what they are learning and gradually progress through increasingly advanced topics. For example, students have applied the principles of density and volume to estimate the number of Skittles® in plastic containers, while other lessons have directed students to paint pottery, plant wheatgrass, and extrapolate growth of blades using linear functions.

 

 

Importantly, Sprout also operates a research division that documents the evolution of student progress. The organization is thoughtful in measuring academic performance and socio-emotional growth and has shown itself be effective based on recent data collected from a cohort of students at The Met School (2021-2022).

 

Through assessments and surveys administered at the beginning and end of the program, students demonstrated a 66% improvement in their geometry proficiency, as well as improvements in their confidence and attitudes toward learning.

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, Sprout realizes that socioeconomic status is a strong predictor of whether an individual will go to college, which is why the organization provides merit-based scholarships to qualifying students.

In 2021, dozens of key donations helped springboard the Sprout and S.T.E.M. Academic Scholarship, which has resulted in six $500 scholarships toward tuition for higher education.

Selection criteria favors students who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement while overcoming significant financial barriers. Preference is shown to individuals who declare intent to study some form of science, technology, engineering, or math at a four-year college or university.

 

Prior recipients include Michellet Rojas-Brand, a current sophomore at Wheaton College, and Ruben Germunson, a current sophomore at the University of Rhode Island. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With additional funding from the Sprout Annual Fund, the organization plans to increase the value of its scholarship to $5,000 and will award one student rather than several.

 

Ultimately, we realize that you have options when donating, which is why we thank you for considering Sprout during this ongoing campaign. If you believe that educating students today leads to a better tomorrow, we kindly ask for your support.

With gratitude,

 

Victor M. Hunt

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

M.D. Candidate (2026)  |  Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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Kathy L. Radimer
Memorial Scholarship

Radimer Family forms $10,000 endowed scholarship for students with grit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year, this endowment will cover the cost of tuition for a student who has overcome personal and societal obstacles in their pursuit of higher education. In the words of Rich Radimer, the endowment's benefactor, this scholarship is meant for a student "who finds ways to overcome their circumstances."

 

Named after the late Kathy L. Radimer, Rich says this scholarship is in homage to his remarkable sister, who made numerous academic contributions throughout her lifetime.

 

Kathy attended Harborfields High School in New York and completed her B.A. and M.Ed. at the University of Massachusetts. She then served in the Peace Corps in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) from 1975 to 1978 and later with the USAID in Cameroon from 1979 to 1982.

 

Through these experiences, she developed a love of Africa and applied her considerable intellect and determination to address issues of social injustice. She completed her Ph.D. in Nutrition at Cornell University where her thesis developed a valid methodology for better understanding, defining, and measuring food insecurity based on the perspective of people who experience it.

 

The concepts and indicators emerging from her work led to the Radimer-Cornell Hunger Scale, now used globally as a measure of hunger and food insecurity.

 

Subsequently in the late 1980s, she worked as a research fellow for the National Health and Medical Research Commission in Queensland, Australia. The 1990s saw her moving back to the States where she was a fellow at the National Cancer Institute and then at the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Sadly, Kathy passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019. In her memory, the Kathy L. Radimer Memorial Scholarship will carry on her legacy by recognizing the intellect and drive of hardworking students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Kathy L. Radimer

In a pivotal moment for Sprout, the Radimer family has donated a gift of $10,000 to establish the organization's first endowed scholarship, the Kathy L. Radimer Memorial Scholarship.

Each year, this endowment will cover the cost of tuition for a student who has overcome personal and societal obstacles in their pursuit of higher education. In the words of Rich Radimer, the endowment's benefactor, this scholarship is meant for a student "who finds ways to overcome their circumstances."

 

Named after the late Kathy L. Radimer, Rich says this scholarship is in homage to his remarkable sister, who made numerous academic contributions throughout her lifetime.

Scholarships

Each year, Sprout awards thousands of dollars to deserving students through the Sprout and S.T.E.M. Academic Scholarship

The Sprout and S.T.E.M. Academic Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors attending urban public high schools who intend on studying some form of science, technology, engineering, or math at a four-year college or university. Selection criteria favors students who demonstrate academic excellence and community involvement, all while overcoming significant personal or financial barriers. 

Past Recipients:

Matthew

I remember disassembling radios and toys, just to see how they operated, never scared of getting dirty, but having that no-fear attitude is what also got me electrocuted a couple of times. This interest in hands-on work led me to take formal education classes at the high school and college level, which helped me develop an interest in science and technology.

Matthew Guaman

The Met School, 2022

Roger Williams University | Engineering

In the end, I could not help but be drawn to science. Researching and learning how the world works just seems so exciting to me. Although I am still not sure if I want to have a more research-related career or be a part of the medical field, I hope to be able to help others while doing something I enjoy.

Annashelly Herrera, Valedictorian

Woonsocket High School, 2022

University of Rhode Island | Biological Sciences

Anashelly
Haneen

My desire to become a pharmacist stems from when I saw people in my home country, Syria, suffering from the hardships of war. They did not have access to life-saving medicine due to the high costs, and I saw women, children, and men in the streets who needed help. Witnessing this as a young child made me realize that I must pursue medicine and help people in need.

Haneen Al Suwaidani

The Met School, 2022

University of Rhode Island | Pharmaceutical Sciences

As I sat trying to concentrate on my schoolwork, I came across an article by National Geographic for an assignment in my science class. It was this article that first introduced me to geology and its diverse career opportunities, and there, I began to truly understand the impact of S.T.E.M. on the study and preservation of nature.

Sofia DaSilva, Valedictorian

East Providence High School, 2022

University of Rhode Island | Geological Sciences

Sofia

For Applicants

Sprout will soon be accepting the next series of applications for the Kathy L. Radimer Memorial Scholarship and Sprout and S.T.E.M. Academic Scholarships.

Selection criteria will be posted here on January 15, 2023.

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