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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can deduct contributions they make to PCPF under IRC Section 170. Donors may also make tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

Our mailing address: 216 E Glendale Ave. Apt. 4, Alexandria VA, 22301

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Bud Keith Fund

Scholarships

Most blind students in Panama go to the same public schools as sighted students. Although their tuition is free, there are expenses associated with attending school, the largest being transportation and books. Those who attend private schools also have to pay tuition.  We provide stipends to the students during the school year, ranging from $40 per month for primary school students to $75 for university students.

Of the 11 people who have benefited from these stipends since 2008, five are still in the program.  Of the six who have left, two graduated from high school, one earned a two-year university degree, and two earned four-year university degrees.  The sixth is still in school but no longer needs our stipend. These excellent results reflect the care that our Panamanian partner, Patronato Luz del Ciego, uses in selecting the students.  They also reflect the sustained supervision that the Patronato provides to the students.

 

The goal of our program is not diplomas but independence.  Jobs have eluded some of our graduates.  This is often due to factors other than their blindness – their family situations, health, living arrangements, or unrealistic career expectations.  The biggest impediment is employers’ reluctance to risk hiring a blind person, so we supplement the scholarship program with other job-related activities.

 

Sometimes, a student overcomes all obstacles and achieves a successful career. Read about our star, Ingrid Rivas.

Student stories

Erika Pimental

2010-2014,
2017-Present

Geovanni Ibarra

2013-Present

Estefania Cubillos

2016-Present

Marissa Vega

2012-Present

John Cedeño

2014-Present

Ingrid Rivas

2012-2013