We obviously welcome donations of any value and even a very small gift can make a great difference to an impoverished student, whether used towards tuition fees or in some other practical way.
Most donations – of whatever value – are used for our scholarship fund, unless the donor advises that it should be used for one of our other programs. Here are some examples of how we can use donations:
There are two semesters in the Thai academic year. Our scholarship values in 2015 are 3,000 Baht per semester for high school children (total 36,000 Baht for the full six years of study), 5,000 Baht per semester for vocational college students in a three-year basic certificate course (30,000 Baht) and 10,000 Baht per semester for vocational students in the optional two-year higher diploma course (40,000 Baht).
University students receive 10,000 Baht per semester. For a four-year BA degree, that’s a total of 80,000 Baht. For students studying to be teachers in a five-year BEd course: 100,000 Baht. Majors in medical fields may be six-year courses: 120,000 Baht.
In 2014 we gave more than 1,000 grants with a total value of 3.83 million Baht. Our standard welfare grants have values of 2,000 Baht for school children, 3,000 Baht for vocational students and 5,000 Baht for those at university. Welfare grants are always education-related and are used to pay for school shoes, bus fares, canteen lunch, books and tools, dormitory accommodation, spectacles etc, but we sometimes give a grant with a higher than usual value, if it can be justified. But even a very low-value grant can make an immediate difference to a student in need.
However much you give, every Baht, Dollar, Pound or Euro will make a genuine difference to a needy student.