Derrick Rutledge
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Fund a Scholar: Donate to benefit a BSF Scholar

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Hello Beloved!

Please help me fund a Black Student Fund (BSF) Scholar.

The Black Student Fund is a DC not-for-profit organization, established in 1964 that provide financial assistance to deserving and motivated African American children from underserved communities and distressed families to get enrolled in prestigious private schools in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

Through the Fund-a-Scholar program, BSF matches donors to BSF scholars for a social fundraising campaign that takes the scholar through high school graduation. My scholar is named Zuri.

Zuri is 11 years old and she is in the 5th grade. She is smart, confident and as cute as a button. When Zuri grows up she wants to major in science and become an entomologist. I am opening my heart and making a commitment to help Zuri be the best human being that she can be. I want to help give her the type of education that she deserves as well as provide positive experiences that she'll need to develop and grow into an amazing human being and citizen.

Under the BSF Fund a Scholar program, I am adopting her for the next 8 years. That is, she won't be living with me, but I will be doing my absolute best to support her school efforts financially as well as keep a close watch on her academic achievements and personal development.

As you all know, I am constantly on the road with Oprah and believe that my association with her is by design. We all have our personal road to travel and life lessons to learn. I have seen so much of this world – the good and the bad – and what I have learned and observed in watching and being with one of the most influential and affluent human beings on the planet, is that what's important, truly important, is not how much money you have or your zip code.

What's truly important are your deeds and the relationships you establish throughout life's journey.

While I don't have the riches of Oprah, the one thing that I have is a heart that's just as big as hers. Not having any biological children of my own, at this stage in my life, I am drawn to this cause like I'm on fire and I want you to be on fire too. Everybody needs to get behind a child who is deserving and whose family does not have the resources to support their educational endeavors.

In the news we hear the bad stuff all the time – crime is on the rise; drug addiction; lack of respect towards fellow citizens and the like. Well, there are great kids out there doing great things who are just waiting to step into their greatness. These kids need to be supported and heralded. The Black Student Fund has been a vanguard for this cause for over 50 years yet they struggle each year to raise funds for these deserving kids. BSF needs help in order to help our kids.

If we don't step up to make a difference who will? Please open your big heart too. I am asking my friends, family and professional colleagues to help me fund Zuri's education through high school. I am making a commitment for the next 8 years and I hope you can too, but if you cannot please help me support part of her education. It costs $1200.00 dollars each year to support Zuri. Give what your heart says. Give what you can. Your donation will go a long way in helping Zuri and others like Zuri achieve their greatness. Thank you!

I love you all. Blessings,