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Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives Through Scholarships

Tuesday June 2014


For many U.S. families, income level and ZIP code determine the quality of education available to their children. Indeed the need to give all children access to a good education has never been greater. Launched in 1998 by philanthropists Ted Forstmann and John Walton, the Children’s Scholarship Fund has offered thousands of low-income children across the country the chance to attend private school—children who otherwise would have never experienced the benefits of a private education.

In Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives Through Scholarships, Naomi Schaefer Riley, distinguished journalist and former Wall Street Journal editor, chronicles the lives of 10 scholarship alumni who—because of the educational opportunities afforded them—turned less than perfect childhood circumstances into successful lives and careers. Their stories, as powerfully documented in Opportunity and Hope, are nothing less than inspirational.

Join us for a discussion with one of the country’s most trenchant commentators on American education and philanthropy.