K-12 Scholarships

Our program prioritizes 21st-century skills, including language study, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration in diverse contexts.

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation provides scholarships to students from low-income families to attend the Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern, North Carolina. Our goal is to bring students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a school that focuses on global learning at every level of the curriculum.

In November 2014, we began accepting applications for our first cohort of scholars at Epiphany. Those students entered kindergarten in August 2015. We are excited to report that those students are doing well! In spring 2016, we selected two more students to receive scholarships through this program; those students will begin kindergarten at Epiphany in August 2016.

Our K–12 scholarships will follow students for all thirteen years of their elementary, middle, and secondary education. In addition to providing tuition, our scholarships will cover a broad range of needs that students and their will require throughout their education, including individual mentoring, service-learning and travel opportunities, wellness programs, and academic tutoring.

Applicants to our scholarship program at Epiphany should apply via the school’s normal kindergarten application process and check the box on the K–1 application form for consideration for the program. Students are eligible for the scholarship if their family’s combined annual income is less than 185% of the federal poverty threshold. More information about admissions at Epiphany in general and about the scholarship application process in particular is available on Epiphany’s website.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, we also expanded our support to other schools that serve low-income rural communities, welcoming Martin Millennium Academy in Tarboro, North Carolina, and Arapahoe Charter School in Arapahoe, North Carolina, into our network of schools. At these two schools, we funded an innovative curricular unit to bring a global focus to their seventh-grade math classes. We were inspired by Kristen Goggin, a math teacher at San Francisco’s Town School for Boys. For the past half decade, Kristen has structured her own sixth-grade math class around a microfinance project. Her students make microloans using the shutterstock_153854882 LoRes

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