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    The Freda L. Thomas Scholarship Fund, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) 3) tax-exempt not- profit corporation with the full ability to accept contributions and donations that are tax-deductible.

    IRS letter of determination - http://fredathomasscholarship.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/IRS-Letter-of-Determination.pdf

    Freda L. Thomas, long-standing advocate for social change created this fund in 2003.

    Five applicants have benefited from this organization’s initiatives.  Initiatives have included awards to mothers who are single parents, living in shelters, helping provide education and job training through various institutions in New York City.

    FLTSF’s Prep for Return to Work (PRTW) program helps displaced out of work persons like the single parents who were living in shelters, by partnering with them to help them get job training and improve their confidence.  Through PRTW persons obtain the necessary skills to become and Administrative Assistant.  The recipient can attend the Grace Institute of New York, City, (GI), http://www.graceinstitute.org/, a 100-year-old educational organization that provides the practical skills necessary for obtaining employment, developing self-sufficiency and improving the quality of their life.  The Grace Institute provides 9-months of training tuition-free. FLTSF awards $225.00 to a qualified applicant to offset the cost of the application fee and textbooks. To learn more visit the Programs tab on our home page.

    Thomas created The Freda L. Thomas Scholarship Fund because of a life-long commitment to help advance the cause of persons who have been marginalized.

    In 2007 Thomas expanded the scholarship program to help advance and benefit an academically-talented, highly motivated high school student who has demonstrated financial need, social commitment and leadership potential.

    This new focus awards recipients up to $8,000.00 to pay their college tuition.

    Funds are made possible through donations from individual givers as well as from local and international businesses.

    The Program awards a scholarship towards a four year college, costs at a CUNY or similar matriculated institution.

    It offers personal attention to the scholar throughout the academic year, through partnerships with business owners, mentors, and educators.

    It requires the applicant test well at the SAT, and applicants are required to involve themselves in community based initiatives that help bring about global and or community change.