Friday, June 18, 2010
Most 13 year olds save their money for bracelets, creamy treats, games for their technical gadgets, or presents for Christmas. Recently, Katarina Judge, a 13-year-old, wasn’t trying to save money for anything that she needed. Instead, she wanted to assist a deserving student from the tennis team with a $585.00 scholarship. Katarina is currently a student at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school in Columbia, S.C. “I would like to give students the opportunity to learn more,” said Katarina Judge. “To me, education is the first priority and everything falls behind that,” she continued.
Katarina’s gift will be placed in the Scholarship Endowment Fund in SC State University’s Foundation. She will be able to view her return on investment as well as the added principle that she will collect. “It is incredible for someone as passionate and as young as you to share your savings with SC State University. Your contribution should showcase to others that the gift of giving can occur at any age,” said SC State University President, Dr. George E. Cooper.
Katarina expressed her interest in helping others in a two page letter that was read by her father during the 2010 MEAC Tennis Team Salute. “More people should be willing to donate money for scholarships, because if that one person who could not afford to go to college gets a scholarship, he/she could make a huge difference in the world they live in. Without a good education you can’t get a job, and without a job you can’t get any money,” said Katarina in her letter.
Hardeep Judge was overjoyed with excitement about his oldest daughter’s contribution. “Katarina has always been a giving and very humble person. This is not the first time that she has given to anyone; for Christmas, she would give away her toys and other things that she received to provide gifts to unfortunate children and others,” said Judge.
In addition to helping others, this summer Katarina will work with SC State University’s 1890 Research and Extension TechBridge Build to Keep Computer Program. TechBridge’s Build to Keep Computer Program is a six-week comprehensive program afforded to rising 7th and 8th grade students from Anderson, Hampton, Orangeburg and Charleston counties. Katarina will also engage in tennis, swimming and reading throughout the summer.
Writing is also very important to Katarina. Katarina’s future aspirations are to become a writer and attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. majoring in professional English.
Katarina, a kind and humble philanthropist, will continue to assist deserving students, and just like her, you can make your contribution to the SC State University Foundation. Send your donation to: SC State University Foundation, P.O. Box 7187, Orangeburg, S.C. 29117.