PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two thousand Philadelphia families can now afford to send their children to better schools.
On Thursday, parents learned that they won scholarships from the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.
One of the parents, Iris Frederick, was thrilled to hear her son Keniff made the cut.
“Oh my God, he got it. Thank you!” Frederick said when she received the call.
Iris says the opportunity will allow her seven-year-old son to take the first step towards his future, and he was pretty psyched to see her reaction.
“I want my son to have the best education possible. I want him to have a place where he can enjoy being a little kid, being nurtured, a good foundation, good structure,” Iris said.
“It makes me proud, and it makes my mommy proud of me,” Keniff said.
The program, which is funded by private donations and corporate sponsorship, serves about 5,000 low income children who are enrolled at 185 private and parochial schools.
Of course, not everyone gets the phone call they’re hoping for – as the largest provider of K-8 scholarships in Pennsylvania, the program is forced to turn away more than 7,000 kids each year.