New Logos Academy scholarship for homeless students

Alyssa Jackson
  • The scholarship will help send two children from York Rescue Mission to Logos Academy
  • Sending students to Logos Academy will help provide stability in their lives, Rescue Mission CEO said

Logos Academy and York Rescue Mission are partnering to provide needy children with stability and love by creating a scholarship for two children each year to attend the private school.

Matt Carey, York Rescue Mission's CEO, said he was on a tour of Logos Academy one day when he brought the idea of a scholarship up to Aaron Anderson, CEO and head of Logos Academy.

Anderson loved it, and they began moving forward.

Fourth graders Alexa Firestone, 9, left, and Yarie Martes-Vascones, 9, carry their trays after finishing lunch at Logos Academy in York City, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The scholarship would be for $8,000 per student, Anderson said. Families chosen would still need to pay approximately $1,000 per year because the school wants to encourage a joint partnership between parents and the school, but he said they are willing to work with families on payment plans or other options in paying that sum.

Currently, children from York Rescue Mission are being interviewed to see which students would benefit most from the scholarship, but once those students are chosen their names will not be released to the public for privacy and safety concerns, Carey said. Many of the women and children who stay at the York Rescue Mission are survivors of domestic abuse and are in hiding from their abuser.

Fifth graders Alex Hardy, front, and Da'Nas Edwards eat lunch at Logos Academy in York City, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Carey said he sees many children who move three or four times in a single school year, causing disruptions in learning and instability in their social development.

"I thought, 'How do we start to instill some dignity and pride in the children, because it’s not easy to move around several times in a year?'" Carey said. "It gives that child that stable environment, and what better way to start changing some of the problems that we have in this community than by starting with children?"

The scholarship is being paid for through the reallocation of some of the funds designated for youth for the York Rescue Mission and through donations from community members and businesses. Carey said the Rescue Mission has been working to restructure their funds to find the best way to help those they serve, and the scholarship was one way to do that.

Since more of the community is beginning to learn of the partnership, Carey said even more people have approached him interested in donating to the cause. It's his hope that the scholarship will continue to grow in the coming years.

Anderson and Carey both said they decided to partner together because of the shared Christian faith that the school and the York Rescue Mission have.

"We believe that every student can learn and should have opportunities to learn," Anderson said. "Your financial state in life should not dictate the quality of your education. We want to give these kids a real shot."