MAKING IT POSSIBLE

Silas Farley
CSF Alumnus and Dancer, New York City Ballet

Growing up in Charlotte, Silas Farley always dreamed of dancing with the New York City Ballet.

Photo: A FAMILY OF SCHOLARS
A FAMILY OF SCHOLARS

Growing up in Charlotte, Silas Farley always dreamed of dancing with the New York City Ballet.

The youngest of seven, Silas was homeschooled with the rest of his siblings until it became too difficult for his parents to manage. Fortunately, the Farleys learned about CSF-Charlotte, which awarded all of their children scholarships so they were able to enroll at local private schools, including Charlotte Christian School where Silas excelled in both academics and athletics. In fact, all of the Farley children thrived at their respective schools and several earned athletic scholarships to college, including Matthias, now a safety for the University of Notre Dame’s football team.

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM AND DANCE STUDIO

“I’m just so grateful. It would not have been possible without your help,” Falinda Farley, Silas’s mother, told CSF. “You put all these children through the best private schools in town. They’ve been able to get a tremendous education.”

With the support of his family and teachers, Silas flourished in the classroom and dance studio, eventually earning a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet and completing high school at the Professional Children’s School. He officially joined the Ballet one year after high school.

Photo: SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM AND DANCE STUDIO
Photo: A VILLAGE OF NURTURERS
A VILLAGE OF NURTURERS

“I knew from the time I was nine years old that I wanted to dance with the New York City Ballet. I’ve been incredibly blessed. I can’t imagine being who I am apart from the Children’s Scholarship Fund because CSF put me in the settings where a whole village of nurturers trained me to be the person I am.”

MEASURING SUCCESS

$568 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 1998

Since 1998, CSF has provided scholarships worth $568 million, changing the lives of nearly 139,000 children.

OMAHA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE

CSF Omaha reports that its recipients have a 99.6 percent high school graduation rate, and a college entrance rate of 87 percent. [Source: CSF Omaha Website]

PHILADELPHIA STUDY RESULTS

A CSF Philadelphia study found that 96 percent of CSF eighth graders graduated high school on time – compared to Philadelphia’s public school graduation rate of only 62 percent. [Source]

THE BASIC FUND RESULTS

The BASIC Fund, CSF’s partner program in the San Francisco Bay Area, reported high school graduation rates of 89-94 percent compared with graduation rates of only 73 percent in San Francisco public schools, and 43 percent in nearby Oakland public schools. [Source]

ACE SCHOLARSHIPS RESULTS

CSF’s Denver partner program, ACE Scholarships, boasts that its scholarship recipients have a 92 percent graduation rate, compared to the Denver Public Schools’ 54 percent and the 61 percent average for the state of Colorado. [Source: ACE Scholarships Annual Report, 2012]

NORTHWEST OHIO SCHOLARSHIP FUND RESULTS

In Toledo, 97 percent of CSF partner program Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund’s alumni have graduated from high school, and 95 percent have attended college. [Source: Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund Website]

A HIGHER ON TIME GRADUATION RATE

In New York City, 95.4 percent of CSF alumni graduated high school on time in 2013, compared to the average NYC public school graduation rate of 60.4 percent. Of the CSF alumni who graduated, 90 percent are now enrolled in college. [Source: CSF Alumni Survey Data, 2013]

BALTIMORE STUDY RESULTS

A recent study of CSF Baltimore alumni found that Baltimore scholarship recipients had a 98 percent graduation rate and 93 percent enrolled in college. [Source: CSF Baltimore Website]

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