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St Augustine School Alumni International Inc

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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To help bright, promising, and academically motivated 8th grade youth who come from poor families get a good high school education at SAS by sponsoring their 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades of high school through scholarship fund donations.

Results: We have so far graduated six scholars. We have a total of 22 kids in varying grades attending high school. We have successfully facilitated emergency assistance to victims of typhoon Peping with voluntarily donated funds. We have successfully participated in the SAS school centennial celebrations, putting up our own booth to disseminate information, recruit applicants. We hosted a community picnic, crowned the fiesta queen, donated her queen's trophy, and sponsored a centennial ball. We have involved the scholars and their parents in the outreach to the community activities. We held educational excursions for the kids during their school break. We have encouraged members of our board of trustees to visit with the Field Team and the scholars when they go home to the Philippines on vacation from their overseas domiciles.

Programs: High school graduation Emergency assistance to flood victims Involvement in community activities to promote cultural appreciation, such as, the celebration of town fiestas.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never thought I’d be attending such a well established and traditional private school, such as, Saint Augustine School (SAS). I come from a very poor family. My family never could have had the means to finance my high school studies there at SAS. I could only dream about it. Now, with the help of a SAS Ai scholarship for which I qualified through my family’s poor financial status and earned through stellar academic performance, I am attending SAS. The SAS Ai Field Team locally based here in our hometown of Tagudin makes sure that our school supply needs are met and that our welfare is looked after. To show our appreciation to our many generous donors we do our very best in our studies and community outreach volunteer work. I'm very, very proud and thankful to be one of the many SAS Ai scholars. I hope SAS Ai will continue helping other people who are in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Saint Augustine School Alumni International scholarship program (SAS Ai) engages in the noble mission of granting and funding four-year high school scholarship funding to deserving students. But such noble endeavors cannot continue to function without steady generosity and loyal financial support from donors. With the uninterrupted individual and collective support from donors, SAS Ai is committed to pursuing and propagating its goals and objectives into the future. I am very fortunate to have been selected as one of the SAS Ai scholars. It is my goal to help other kids get an education when I become successful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From: Melvie Legaspina [email protected]
SAS Ai Scholar

I was very overwhelmed and pleased when SAS Ai welcomed me as one of the recipients of their scholarship assistance program. I couldn’t express my emotion then, because it was such a great opportunity for me to be able to attend high school at SAS. So far I am enjoying my school work and learning many things. My work garnered me an outstanding student of SAS award and it made my parents very proud. The SAS Ai scholarship program also provides us outside of the classroom activities, such as, picnics, sleep overs, educational excursions to historic places. These extracurricular activities have helped me appreciate my community, my Philippine heritage. I am very thankful for this opportunity to get a good high school education through the SAS Ai, Inc. scholarship program.


Sincerely Yours,
Melvie Legaspina

Client Served

Rating: 5

From: Kyle Zyra Lazo [email protected]
SAS Ai Scholar
SAS Ai, Inc. gives me and my family tremendous financial help in pursuing my high school education at SAS. SAS Ai offers a virtual classroom in their official website and participating in those learning activities has helped me improve my English grammar, usage and vocabulary. When somebody makes mention and recognizes my being a SAS Ai scholar, I feel my morale boosted. I am proud to be a SAS Ai scholar. Finally, I am most grateful for the help SAS Ai’s scholarship assistance program gives me and my family.

Sincerely,
Kyle Zyra Lazo

Client Served

Rating: 5

From: Karen Paola Makil [email protected]
SAS Ai Scholar

SAS Ai’s scholarship program has helped me a lot as a student. Without this help I may not have been able to study at SAS. It makes me feel good inside that my selection as one of the SAS Ai recipients of their scholarship program was not only based on family financial need but also on my academic strength. I am proud to be a SAS Ai scholar. Most of all SAS Ai shouldered the financial burden that otherwise would have fallen on my parents shoulders. For all of this, my whole family and I wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the all our generous benefactors and sponsors. Long live SAS Ai! May SAS Ai grow and always prosper.
Respectfully,
Karen Paola Makil

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If there is one organization I would put on top of my list, it would be SASAi. This small organization is run by professionals who give their time and money for an outstanding cause. SASAi has build a good name that now a lot of poor but academically talented students apply for a SASAi scholarship. Regretfully, SASAI couldn't accomodate all applicants due to limited funds. SASAi has done a lot in awarding scholarships to needy students but more must be done. To continue its mission, SASAi urgently need help from individuals, private organizations who would like to help young and talented students continue their education. SASAi needs help now. Please don't give until it hurts. Give until it makes you feel good.

Eva_6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to this non-profit organization and I am very impressed with their dedication to their cause. They make sure that the scholars are mentored and provided with the necessary guidance throughout the school year. This is my second year of sponsoring a scholar and what I also like about SAS Ai is that they keep and maintain their website with up-to-date news about the scholars' activities and progress. I would recommend this organization to anyone who have the means to contribute in sending needy and bright students to school to get a quality education. I wish SAS Ai all the success!

Board Member

Rating: 5

St. Augustine’s School Alumni International, Inc. ( SAS Ai ) is known around the globe as a non-profit, public charity organization. RHW Foundation of Liechtenstein, a European Charity Foundation, believes in the mission and goals of SAS Ai. RHW Foundation was so impressed with the 8-member SAS Ai Field Team based locally in Tagudin tasked to look after the educational needs, welfare, support and to give emotional encouragement to the scholars that in 2010, they provided several sponsorships for high school students. These are bright and highly motivated kids who came from poor and underprivileged families in the township of Tagudin and from surrounding townships, in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. The RHW Foundation is pleased with the successful administration and management of the scholarship program so effectively implemented by SAS Ai. I personally am proud to be connected with this organization. It is my pleasure to nominate SAS Ai Inc. as my favorite non-profit charity organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SAS Ai mission is to help bright and promising students who come from very poor families in Tagudin and its neighboring towns get a high school education at St. Augustine's School, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Philippines by sponsoring their 4-year high school through scholarships. If these bright kids never get into high school, it is really a pity to see their abilities go to waste.

1 DeaconTomB

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many ways we can help those who are in need. We can donate food, services, and even give financial help. But there is a group with a unique approach at charitable works. They are the St Augustine School Alumni International, Inc. nonprofit corporation (SAS Ai, Inc. for short). SAS Ai believes that education is freedom. With education people can transcend the limitations imposed by poverty, go find gainful employment beyond geographical boundaries, and become productive members of society. SAS Ai funds the high school education of bright, academically strong, and motivated kids who come from very poor families through their scholarship funds. SAS Ai solicits gifts and donations from the general public and being a 501(c)(3) public charity organization, donations are tax deductible. To date SAS Ai has 22 scholars in all high school grade levels in its rolls. These students perform well scholastically and are in the honor rolls at year's end. SAS Ai covers per student the main tuition, books, lab fees, athletic wear, shoes, socks, school supplies, and Internet Cafe dues with the computer time used for research. As one of the donors to the mission of SAS Ai, I am very pleased with the way with which the scholarship funds are managed, disbursed and raised. All who work in the daily operations of SAS Ai are volunteers and do not receive any financial remuneration. Working in SAS Ai is purely a labor of charity for the sake of these kids who come from very poor families who would otherwise not have an opportunity at a secondary education. I am proud to nominate SAS Ai, Inc. as my favorite nonprofit charity organization.

4 SASAi

Board Member

Rating: 5

SAS Ai, Inc. has made tremendous inroads in its "outreach through education" program to the bright and promising children of poor and underprivileged families of the township of Tagudin and its neighboring towns and villages, in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. SAS Ai's mission to help these smart 8th grade kids get a good high school education at SAS by sponsoring their 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grades has changed people's attitudes toward the value of good education in the achievement of one's goals. SAS Ai's scholarship fund pays for the tuition, books, lab fees, school uniforms, shoes, socks, athletic attire, school supplies, school project material costs, Internet access for research purposes, and other out of the classroom activities such as, picnics, outings, educational excursions. The SAS Ai scholarship program distinguishes itself from other such charitable sponsorships by the presence of an official 8-member SAS Ai Field Team based locally and on campus to look after the welfare of our student charges, to provide needed school supplies, to help monitor their academic progress and report it to the Board. Other family foundations, or groups giving student assistance only go as far as paying the student's matriculation. SAS Ai holds all student beneficiaries accountable for their scholastic performance, their personal behavior, and their social development. Each SAS Ai scholar is expected to maintain a grade point average of 85% or higher on all subjects. No other charitable organization dealing with student assistance practices and demands such high expectations from its student beneficiaries. As such, SAS Ai's scholarship program has become the premier and the gold standard of scholarship programs. All officers and board members of SAS Ai are volunteers and draw no financial remuneration. In fact officers and board members give to SAS Ai from their own personal resources just to achieve the mission. SAS Ai, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity organization that is frequently imitated but never equaled.

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