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A Dream Became a Reality

Jan Lind-Sherman was a teacher with a dream. She knew that it  would be difficult for her students to achieve rewarding, productive lives without some sort of advanced education. She dreamed of being able to provide scholarships to her
students at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Seattle.

In 1994 Jan and her husband, Vaughn Sherman found themselves in a position to realize Jan’s dream. They were able
to start and contribute to a foundation specifically for those children. The results have been exciting and rewarding.
Now we’re creating a 21st century village
. Take time to look at our successes and see where we are going.

Talent, time and treasure

Your skills, the hours you set aside to help, and whatever amount of dollars your heart says feel right — are all important to move the Dream Foundation forward. Please consider financial help using the donation page to give. And if you have skills that might be used, such as mentoring a student, and hours that can be taken out of your busy life to help students through the Foundation, please let us know. Besides the donation page, our phones are always open to your offers of help!

The Foundation

The Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation was organized to provide scholarships for students who:

  • Receive high school diplomas or GED’s no earlier than spring 1999.
  • Attended MLK for at least two years.
  • Have been accepted into a program at any accredited post-secondary school.
  • Have written an essay about their career and future dreams
  • Can document twenty or more community service hours during high school

From the MLK Village

More than anything, the Dream Foundation scholarship gave me the confidence to know that I wasn’t alone in my
pursuit of my passion. Although the scholarship money helped me cover some of my expenses for my freshman year,
believing in me bolstered my confidence in an immeasurable way and instilled a hunger to succeed that I carry with me
to this day
.”

Cecil Cross (2000 Award Winner)