Three years ago, as Natalie was starting Kindergarten, we decided to put our kids in Christian school. We knew that half way through the year Beza and Luke would be joining them, making our tuition bill pretty sizable. We had some financial aid that first year which helped but that fall I did a bunch of research on aid for the next school year.
One scholarship made available because of corporate donations (for the tax credit) was for students who had attended public school for at least half of the previous school year. There was also a household income range which we fit into. I wasn’t sure if “Ethiopian public school” counted but I figured it couldn’t hurt. That next August when we got a letter saying Beza & Luke had each been awarded a $3,000 scholarship (more than half their tuition) I’m pretty sure I cried.
I thought it was a one year thing. But then we got a letter the next spring saying we could apply for a renewal. We did and got the award again. More tears!
This year, however, we got a letter in August saying that while we met the requirements there were not enough donated funds to award all the scholarships but we could apply again the next year.
I was seriously stressing about how we were going to pay that tuition bill every month!
This morning I looked on my desk and there was a paper on my desk – a “revised” financial aid form from the school office. It listed a new $6,000 scholarship from this organization.
The business manager confirmed it this afternoon. She said sometimes kids that have gotten awards end up not changing to private schools so they’ll award it to someone else.
I did a little happy dance and some serious praising God today!