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Isn’t public school free in Kenya?
The Kenyan government pays for grades K-8. However, families have to pay for their children to attend high school.
What is the cost to send a girl in Kenya to high school?
The range of fees is determined by the quality of the school and if it is a day school or a boarding school. For example: $175 pays for a day scholar for one year in a local high school. Also, $650 pays for a top rated boarding school.
How do you choose the girls that you support?
We send out applications through Seavuria in October and those applicants are screened for us by our partners in Kenya and then sent here to us in November. We gather to read the applications and then use a rubric to determine our choices.
How is your scholarship different?
Our scholarship is different because the main goal is to build a global friendship. We do not want to just send money over to Kenya, we want to get to know the girls.
How do you know the money is benefitting?
We require that the girls send us transcripts of their grades each quarter.
How do you plan to sustain the project?
Recently, four younger girls have joined the PETRI club and they are going to continue it when the original members graduate high school.

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Please help us continue to support our friends in Kenya through our Scholarship Program!

PETRI is a club started by Mercer Island girls to encourage their peers to consider the opportunities that science can provide. PETRI (Philanthropy, Experiments, Teaching, Research, Involvement) began by inviting science speakers to their school. Philanthropy is the first letter of the club’s name and the PETRI girls are passionate about acting on their club’s mission of philanthropy, and the scholarship is a way to act on that mission.

PETRI partners with SEAVURIA to identify needy girls from Kenya with a promising future.  The scholarship is unique in that it forms a friendship between girls across the globe who inspire and support each other.

Last year we raised enough funds to send 16 girls to high school for a year. Your donation will help us to continue to support those 16 friends and also help expand our reach.

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SeaVuria - Inspiring students to act globally by connecting them globally!

SEAVURIA is dedicated to connecting students and teachers across the globe, striving to create global awareness and sustainable partnerships.

Using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula, SEAVURIA engages students in the US and Kenya in synchronous studies designed to foster collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. Global health scientists mentor students over the web, offering career information and cutting edge science ideas.

Technological tools afford us opportunities to connect and engage young people in discussions about important global issues. They learn from one another, serve as role models for one another, realize opportunities and are inspired to take action. The PETRI scholarship and LifeStraw campaigns are an example of student action projects.

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