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Haiti Scholarships: Changing Lives and Helping Families
by: 
Charis Chong

When Jean Pierre finished high school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he applied to law school with the dream of becoming an attorney. He wanted to help children and child abuse victims. The same year he was accepted, however, his mother fell ill and died. He and his four younger siblings were orphans, with no way to afford the numerous schools fees.

Not one to give up on his dreams, Jean Pierre sought the help of the Sisters of St Margaret.

The sisters had assisted his family when his mother was ill and after her death, and Jean Pierre hoped they might help him pay some part of school fees. Never did he think that they would provide a scholarship covering his tuition and additional graduation demands.

“There was no way I could have attended law school if not for the scholarship,” he said.


  Two scholarship recipients from Haiti. 

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Trinity Church Wall Street, in partnership with the Sisters of Saint Margaret, began a scholarship to help students who could not afford tuition fees get the education they needed to reach their full potential. Through the generosity of individuals from Trinity Church, the scholarship program has empowered students of all ages to lift themselves out of poverty.

The benefits of the scholarship do not end with the scholars. Receiving the scholarship not only allowed Jean Pierre to attend law school, but also enabled him to pay for his siblings to attend better schools and subsequently pursue university-level studies.

In his capacity as a government lawyer, Jean Pierre also helps others who are less fortunate than he. He currently takes on pro-bono cases around the country, defending people who cannot afford lawyers, and he hopes to help child abuse and domestic violence victims one day.

Jean Pierre and the other scholars have never met their sponsors, but regularly pray God continues to bless them and give them the heart to continue giving. Thanks to the generous support of Trinity donors and the Sisters of St. Margaret, Jean Pierre, his siblings, and the other scholars have a bright future ahead of them.

“Only God knows what I would be doing if I didn’t receive this scholarship,” Jean Pierre said. He hopes the program will continue to give people in Haiti opportunities to achieve their dreams through education.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the program for giving me and the children in Haiti the opportunity to go to school.”

Learn more about how you can support the scholarship program