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RISE SCHOLARS FAQ

  • Who are potential RISE Scholars?
    Potential RISE Scholars are either North Korean-born refugees or children of North Korean born refugees who are resettled in the U.S. and enrolled/enrolling in a college, graduate school or vocational program for the award year of their application. RISE Scholars are chosen on a variety of factors, including academic performance, financial need, personal vision and vocational aspirations, community service, leadership skills, and outstanding circumstances. Donations made to charity fundraisers in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Australia are considered tax-deductible. All donations made to our website are tax deductible. If you would like to receive a tax deductible report, please be sure to include your e-mail address and/or mailing address within your donation.
  • How many students can I support?
    You may support as many students as you wish. If you would like to support a specific student, please be sure to give directly to their profile page on GoFundMe. You can view all the RISE Scholar profiles with a link to their GoFundMe site here: www.psaltnk.org/risescholars.
  • How are donations made through the GoFundMe site used?
    Additional support raised using the RISE Scholar’s GoFundMe platform will be directed to the Scholar’s account for education-related and living expenses. Scholars are encouraged to maintain a basic budget/expense record, and account for expenses during the reevaluation process should they wish to continue with the RISE Scholars program.
  • If I do not specify a student, how can I support the RISE Scholars program?
    If you wish to support the RISE Scholars program, which includes maintaining the program and funding the $1,000 scholarship per Scholar, please visit www.psaltnk.org/give and select “RISE Scholars” so that your gift can support the areas of greatest need for this program.
  • If I donate through GoFundMe will I get a tax deduction through PSALT?
    Donations made to the RISE Scholar on the GoFundMe site are tax deductible, but not through PSALT. All donations made on the GoFundMe site are processed through PayPal Giving Fund, their charity donation processor. The donor’s tax deductible gift made via GoFundMe will be handled through PayPal Giving Fund instead of PSALT. For more information about GoFundMe’s use of PayPal Giving Fund for charitable donations visit: https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056093332
  • Are donations to PSALT NK tax deductible?
    Yes! PSALT NK (or PSALT) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity organization powered by your generous support. All contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 03-0593240
  • Can I share the GoFundMe and RISE Scholars profile pages?
    Yes! We work with RISE Scholars to ensure they are comfortable with the information they provide on their profile pages. We encourage supporters to share these pages with friends, family, communities, churches, and other networks to help support the Scholars and to become a part of the continuing journeys and dreams of the North Korean refugees.
  • What is the duration of the RISE Scholars award?
    RISE Scholars are selected in June, in preparation for the school year ahead. The scholarship period is one year from the date of selection. Scholarships are not automatically renewed, but the Scholar who wishes to continue will be considered for subsequent awards per reevaluation requirements – including evidence of continued enrollment, continued interest, and other relevant documentation. The GoFundMe page will remain open for as long as the Scholar continues with the program. Donors are encouraged to support and check in for updates on the Scholar’s profile pages.
  • Why is RISE Scholars both a scholarship award and crowd-funding campaign?
    We want to go beyond the $1,000 scholarship amount and grow the potential size of each Scholar’s award by inviting the community to invest in their journey. We believe the process of safely sharing the Scholar’s story will increase awareness about the North Korean refugees resettlement experience and invite the larger community to support them with prayer, encouragement, and financial support. We hope this program will help them develop a sense of agency and empowerment, as well as experience the blessing of community support and accountability.
  • More Information and Donations
    To learn more about RISE Scholars please visit www.psaltnk.org/risescholars or contact: rise@psaltnk.org. Kindly visit us at www.psaltnk.org/give to learn how you can donate. PSALT NK is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity organization powered by your generous support. All contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 03-0593240 www.psaltnk.org: www.paypal.me/psaltnk:
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