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The Corey Hilber Memorial Scholarship

Corey touched thousands of lives around the world. This memorial fund will sponsor tuition costs for children in Talas, where he served with the Peace Corps.

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Brett Jones posted an announcement 9 months ago

Good News—Big News!

Hello everybody,

I’m happy to be able to give some good news about the project, and about the status of the donor perks.

We put in the order for the patches and stickers about four weeks ago, and are just now getting the patches. I made the mistake of going with a smaller business in Utah that wasn’t able to make them within the time they said they would, but they should be here by tomorrow morning, and in the mail tomorrow afternoon. If you don’t see them by next Thursday or Friday, please email me at mr.brettwjones@gmail.com.

I sincerely apologize for the delay. This has been a learning process.

Those people who claimed thank-you cards and videos as their incentives should be receiving those when the school year begins in late August.

OTHER NEWS:

The scholarship committee in Kyrgyzstan has chosen two very deserving young women to receive five year scholarships to the Turkish Sebat Lyceum in Talas City. The funds we have in the scholarship will cover almost all of their expenses from grades 7 to 11 (they don’t do grade 12 in Kyrgyzstan, for those who might be wondering.)

Finally, we have decided to take the first steps to found a Corey Hilber Memorial Scholarship nonprofit! This will allow us to potentially continue this memorial scholarship indefinitely, keeping this great thing alive and sending more children to school! There remains a lot to be done, but I am hopeful that this will work.

The scholarship committee—myself, David, Miles, Carl and Jia, initially came to this idea because of concerns about sending all of the scholarship money to Kyrgyzstan in one lump sum. Now, we have an official project bank account in America, and will be able to securely pay tuition a year at a time while also being able to have a way to add money to the fund in the future.

Thank you all for everything you have done. You all have done a great thing.

Thanks again for your patience with your incentives. Again, if you don’t see them by the end of next week, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Brett Jones
mr.brettwjones@gmail.com
801-395-4447

Brett Jones posted an announcement 9 months ago

Good News—Big News!

Hello everybody,

I’m happy to be able to give some good news about the project, and about the status of the donor perks.

We put in the order for the patches and stickers about four weeks ago, and are just now getting the patches. I made the mistake of going with a smaller business in Utah that wasn’t able to make them within the time they said they would, but they should be here by tomorrow morning, and in the mail tomorrow afternoon. If you don’t see them by next Thursday or Friday, please email me at mr.brettwjones@gmail.com.

I sincerely apologize for the delay. This has been a learning process.

Those people who claimed thank-you cards and videos as their incentives should be receiving those when the school year begins in late August.

OTHER NEWS:

The scholarship committee in Kyrgyzstan has chosen two very deserving young women to receive five year scholarships to the Turkish Sebat Lyceum in Talas City. The funds we have in the scholarship will cover almost all of their expenses from grades 7 to 11 (they don’t do grade 12 in Kyrgyzstan, for those who might be wondering.)

Finally, we have decided to take the first steps to found a Corey Hilber Memorial Scholarship nonprofit! This will allow us to potentially continue this memorial scholarship indefinitely, keeping this great thing alive and sending more children to school! There remains a lot to be done, but I am hopeful that this will work.

The scholarship committee—myself, David, Miles, Carl and Jia, initially came to this idea because of concerns about sending all of the scholarship money to Kyrgyzstan in one lump sum. Now, we have an official project bank account in America, and will be able to securely pay tuition a year at a time while also being able to have a way to add money to the fund in the future.

Thank you all for everything you have done. You all have done a great thing.

Thanks again for your patience with your incentives. Again, if you don’t see them by the end of next week, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Brett Jones
mr.brettwjones@gmail.com
801-395-4447

Brett Jones posted an announcement 9 months ago

Good News—Big News!

Hello everybody,

I’m happy to be able to give some good news about the project, and about the status of the donor perks.

We put in the order for the patches and stickers about four weeks ago, and are just now getting the patches. I made the mistake of going with a smaller business in Utah that wasn’t able to make them within the time they said they would, but they should be here by tomorrow morning, and in the mail tomorrow afternoon. If you don’t see them by next Thursday or Friday, please email me at mr.brettwjones@gmail.com.

I sincerely apologize for the delay. This has been a learning process.

Those people who claimed thank-you cards and videos as their incentives should be receiving those when the school year begins in late August.

OTHER NEWS:

The scholarship committee in Kyrgyzstan has chosen two very deserving young women to receive five year scholarships to the Turkish Sebat Lyceum in Talas City. The funds we have in the scholarship will cover almost all of their expenses from grades 7 to 11 (they don’t do grade 12 in Kyrgyzstan, for those who might be wondering.)

Finally, we have decided to take the first steps to found a Corey Hilber Memorial Scholarship nonprofit! This will allow us to potentially continue this memorial scholarship indefinitely, keeping this great thing alive and sending more children to school! There remains a lot to be done, but I am hopeful that this will work.

The scholarship committee—myself, David, Miles, Carl and Jia, initially came to this idea because of concerns about sending all of the scholarship money to Kyrgyzstan in one lump sum. Now, we have an official project bank account in America, and will be able to securely pay tuition a year at a time while also being able to have a way to add money to the fund in the future.

Thank you all for everything you have done. You all have done a great thing.

Thanks again for your patience with your incentives. Again, if you don’t see them by the end of next week, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Brett Jones
mr.brettwjones@gmail.com
801-395-4447

Brett Jones posted an announcement 11 months ago

Hello everybody,

I just wanted to send out a quick update regarding the progress we have been making on the Corey Hilber Memorial Scholarship.

We are about a month behind schedule, in part due to the fact that we extended the fundraiser deadline in an attempt to raise more money through newspaper articles. After 50+ press releases to newspapers in Wisconsin and Utah, we didn’t have much luck getting any newspapers on board. Oh well. As the French say, “such is life.”

Things have also been delayed, somewhat predictably, by “complications” with setting up a bank account in Kyrgyzstan (see image.) This is to be expected, and Mr. Miles has been valiantly battling with the banking system over there to get things going (all while speaking Russian, nonetheless!). I had a similar experience two years ago in which I had to spend three months getting a much simpler transfer sent, so I can say for sure that it’ll definitely get done after some time. The Kyrgyz banking system, I should mention, does not correlate at all with the wonderful Kyrgyz people themselves; it’s just a quirky Central Asian thing. It’ll get done in it’s own time. If you’ve ever been there, you no doubt understand what I’m talking about here.

Patches and stickers were finally ordered today. They should be going out within a couple weeks. I should have taken care of this sooner. I apologize. I’ve been going through some personal stuff that has somewhat diverted my attention. I’m sure that’s already too much information. So, watch out for those.

Other than that, things are going very well. Kids are applying for the scholarship and now most of the logistics for the project are being run by Miles, who is taking care of things on the ground in Kyrgyzstan.

I am very confident that this is going to be a success, and I want to thank each and every one of you who helped make such a huge, real difference in the lives of children in this incredible Central Asian country!

Thank you so much!

Mr. Brett


A rough visual approximation of the Kyrgyz banking system 20130522102445-escher
Brett Jones posted an announcement 1 year ago

We’ve all reached 89% of our goal. We’re so close, and we only have 23 days left to make this dream happen for children in Kyrgyzstan! I want to ask you to take just five minutes to help put the scholarship over the top by forwarding the www.talawesome.com link, plus a short explanation of what we’re doing, and why it’s important, to anyone you know who might still donate. This is the way that we’re going to reach our goal. I know that you have put your faith into this dream already, and I know that you know how unacceptable, and not-Talawesome, it will be to not reach our goal after so much work.

There is also a simple, but very real, math problem here. If we reach our goal, we only have to pay 4% ($851 in fees, $20,425 raised) in administrative fees to Indiegogo. If we don’t, not only do we not send another kid to school, we have to pay 9% in fees ($1,699 in fees, $17,183 raised) to this website. The difference, $3,242, would be enough to pay for one-and-a-half years of school. That’s a lot of som. Indiegogo sets these rates to encourage people to set realistic goals (source: http://bit.ly/10F1Ve2.) I believe that we set a realistic goal, that we can achieve it, and that our big goal will make a big difference in the lives of others. We just need one last collective push to make it.

We can do this. Please forward this project on to as many people as you can. 23 days left!