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International training course held on nursing care for the elderly

Paying for college: International students and the US Citizen

School in Amsterdam supports schools in Thailand

International training course held on nursing care for the elderly

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Delegates from 10 countries joined the training course on care for the elderly.

A brief training course was organized by the Faculty of Nursing of Chiang Mai University in association with the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and UNFPA on the nursing care of the elderly and the community support that can be given to senior citizens.

The course was an international one, with participants from Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Mongolia, in addition to Thailand.

Assoc Dr Wipada Kunawiktikul, dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Piamsak Angkasit, director of TICA and Ghazy Mujahid, advisor on population policies and development at UNFPA conducted the seminar.


Paying for college: International students and the US Citizen

Jon Hartmann, College counselor, CMIS

National schemes: Aid for College is either merit based or needs based. Usually needs based aid is called aid and merit based aid is called scholarship. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it is a form that US students must fill in to get aid from the federal government. Students can register by visiting the site at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The FAFSA can be filled out when families get their tax return back and overseas students can send a covering letter explaining extenuating financial circumstances.

International students can fill in the ISFAA or International Student Financial Aid Application and similar financial disclosures apply.

The CSS Profile or College Scholarship Services Profile is a service of College Board that helps colleges award non federal aid to students. It is due at the same time you submit applications and can be downloaded at www.college board.com.

The next step in financing your college education is to visit your chosen college websites. Look for subheadings like Scholarships, grants, loans and work study.

Scholarships:
A typical college will have SAT scholarships which will be a small fee reduction for a score of 1,100 up to half tuition fees at 1390. Athletic scholarships can range from $1,000 to full tuition. Valedictorian and Salutatorian scholarships can be worth $1,000. Christian colleges often have scholarships for missionary children or children of Christian employees. There are special Presidential Scholarships at some colleges for students with high GPA’s high SAT scores and IB or AP credit hours. Often there are Departmental Scholarships for students skilled in one faculty area. Money is also given to grade 11 students who are National Merit finalists or semi finalists from their PSAT results. The scholarships a college offers are often unique to it and much research needs to be done to piece together a good application. You will need the help of your counselor in this process.

Grants:
There are many state grants particular to each state like the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant from Texas which is non-repayable aid for someone who does not have a scholarship. Often these grants are allocated on the basis of your FAFSA submission and are nearly always needs based. Most states reserve these grants to their residents and you need to check your residency status.

Loans:
Colleges want you to stay the distance and a good college will ensure you are financially capable of paying for the full period of tuition. They therefore can help with loans that are the cost of tuition minus other aid.

Work study:
There is employment on campus for needy students. Money is sometimes given in fee reduction and a minimum GPA is needed to renew your work study the next year.

To summarize: There is Federal Aid for needy students. The States often help with grants to their residents. Many scholarships are available to outstanding students. The short fall in finance can be made up from loans and part–time work.

The tricky and challenging job of financing a college education needs to be looked at well before the time for entry. Special savings, insurance bonds or any other form of compulsory saving can set up a student for four or more financially trouble free years while studying at college. To parents, I would suggest you start addressing this cost almost from the time your children are born and plan ahead for it. The last two articles are the “bare bones” only of financing college. Whole books are written on this topic and there are full time college financial brokers. I hope that they have given you the main areas to consider and you can go deeper into each one of these areas by doing your own research.


School in Amsterdam supports schools in Thailand

Over 600,000 baht raised by children for children

Annelie Hendriks

During the month of October, a primary school in Amsterdam focussed all its attention, creativity and energy on Thailand. It started with a visit of one of the teachers to the school projects of the Foundation Samsara working under the umbrella of FERC (Foundation for Education of Rural Children).

A Thai flea market in Amsterdam.

In the mountains of Mae Sariang last January, Ludy Oosterhof visited some poor schools where new dormitories, canteens and water installations were being built with donations of the two foundations. She noticed how much could be done with those donations. She also thought how interesting it would be if the students from her school in the Netherlands knew more about the daily life of hill tribe children at those schools and more in general about the culture, religion and way of life in Thailand.

On her return, she discussed this idea with school director Anton Visser. It was decided that during the month of October the school would focus a part of its curriculum on Thailand, and the teachers with the parents and the children would organise many activities about Thailand with the aim to raise money for a dormitory and water purification installations at some schools in the mountains of Mae Sariang.

Students selected a book from their own private collection to be sold at a Thai bazaar organised for fundraising.

Each day during the project, Samsara sent the children a little story about Thailand with a picture attached by email. They learnt about the life of the hill tribes, Thailand’s flag, history, geography, spirit houses, tuk tuk’s insects as snacks, Buddhism, the Thai alphabet and more.

Students selected a book from their own private collection to be sold at a Thai bazaar organised for fundraising. During the project they learnt to cook Thai recipes and also those were made and sold also at the market. During other classes and at home they made beautiful things to sell as bracelets, paper elephants, art work about Thailand, butterflies, and spirit houses.

Dutch children learnt about the life of the hill tribes, Thailand’s flag, history, geography, spirit houses, tuk-tuks, insects as snacks, Buddhism, the Thai alphabet and more.

Students wrote papers about Thailand, which were on display for the parents, and neighbours who visited their markets.

Parents, teachers and children also organised a sponsored run.

By coincidence one family with their two sons at the same school visited Thailand during their summer holiday last August. With the members of Samsara Foundation they also visited some of the schools. Back home they could tell stories about Thailand from their own experience.

At the opening and closing ceremony of the school project all students wore the same blue/white uniform as Thai children normally do. During the closing ceremony, while all students did some Thai boxing at the schoolyard, the director proudly announced that the fundraising activities raised 13,194 euro (633,333 baht) including a private gift of 5,000 euro. The Samsara Foundation would like to thank all students, teachers and parents for this fantastic result. The Dutch Foundation Wilde Ganzen/Icco will triple this result by their matching fund to stimulate this kind of fundraising.

The Samsara Foundation will start to build the dormitories, drinking water installations and the delivery books for school libraries by the end of November at many schools in Mae Sariang.

At the opening and closing ceremony of the school project, all students wore the same blue/white uniform as Thai children.