Who We Are and Our Mission: The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation (SSSF) is a grass-roots, non-profit organization created to help the children of South Sudan attain their dream of an education. As an organization we provide scholarships, tuition assistance, and other educational support to vulnerable children from the Republic of The Sudan.
Our mission is to provide Sudanese children with the universal right of a happy childhood, and to help them achieve their dreams through the provision of education.
Why South Sudan? Following its independence, Sudan experienced a half-century of civil war between the largely Arab-Muslim North and the black-African South. Nearly 2 million South Sudanese were killed, and 4 million more displaced from their homes. Innumerous human rights abuses were committed against the South, and development there has been at a standstill since the fighting began in the late 1950’s.
Even after the signing of a peace deal in 2005 the South has remained marginalized, and as in all humanitarian crises, the children have suffered the worst.
Donate Today! Your donation will go directly to the education, health care and safety of SSSF students who are today, thriving at a fantastic school in Uganda. SSSF operates with as little organizational costs as possible meaning: no paid employees, donated marketing services and grassroots fundraising campaigns. It costs $475 per year for each student to attend schools with proper uniforms and supplies. Sponsor a year of school today!
The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded by three Skidmore College students during the spring of their senior year. Today the board of directors remains those three friends. In the Fall of 2007 Tyler Arnot took a semester off to work with a large humanitarian organization in South Sudan. There he met many impressive young Sudanese students whose lives and education were at risk. In order to ensure their safety, health and education Tyler's colleague and survivor of the Sudanese Civil War, Acen, told him that they had to be sent to more stable and developed countries. Tyler contacted his friends at Skidmore who organized a fundraiser to help one of these children, Manasseh. The event was so successful that they could pay for three students to travel to Uganda and enroll in one of East Africa’s best boarding schools. Upon Tyler’s return to Skidmore he and two of those friends, Evan Bjorklund and John Kotsinonos, established The South Sudan Scholarship Foundation to make the dream of education a lasting prospect for the children of South Sudan. Help us continue this work by donating today!