When Emeka and Ifeoma Okwuosa enrolled their son Chizube in TFS, they were impressed with the school’s excellent curriculum and faculty, and they soon found themselves delighted to be part of the larger TFS community. “We made the right choice,” says Emeka, thinking about the school’s welcoming, international ambiance and the other parents they have met over the years. “TFS is a unique school, and our son loves it.” Now in Grade 3, Chizube is particularly enjoying his English classes and participating in hockey and soccer.
The Okwuosas have been annual donors since they first joined TFS in 2010. Last year, they made a leadership gift during the highly successful Soaring Beyond campaign in support of the full Entrance Scholarship program, a program that continues to be a key priority for the school. Thanks to campaign donors and the Okwuosa’s generous gift, TFS welcomed the Okwuosa Family Scholar in September 2016. The Okwuosas are very happy for the young scholarship recipient and look forward to following the student’s progress in the coming years.
“A scholarship sows seeds for the future,” says Emeka, who believes strongly in the power of education to change lives for the better and to make a difference in the world. This belief has long informed his philanthropic vision. The family established a foundation in their native Nigeria, which, among other things, grants educational scholarships to families in need. “It is important that we help those who are not as fortunate,” says Emeka. “Education allows individuals to realize their dreams and achieve their goals.”
Emeka hopes to see the scholarship program at TFS evolve and expand. “First, I would like to see it sustained,” he says, “and I would also like to see it develop so that we can welcome even more scholars and offer more bright young students the life-changing opportunity of a TFS education.”
While financial gifts are essential in order to make that happen, Emeka also encourages parents to support the school in other ways, by donating their time and talents. Praising the TFS Parents’ Association and the volunteer opportunities it offers, Emeka and Ifeoma are pleased to see TFS parents so actively involved in the school and in their children’s education. “We can support a great education by sharing ideas and suggestions,” they both note, “and must continue to make TFS accessible to students who would not otherwise be able to attend this fine school.”
- Story credit: TFS Report To Our Community 2015-16