Dr. Ronald Kraus Memorial Educational Fund
The Dr. Ronald Kraus Memorial Educational Fund was established in February 2013 in honor of Ron’s long-standing community advocacy work, which was to provide educational opportunities to those most in need. As a staunch supporter of The Front Door Agency, Ron was a member of our Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, serving as both president and Chairperson of the Securing the Future Endowment Campaign.
These funds help pave the way for higher education for women who are committed to working towards self-sufficiency. Underwriting costs for tuition, books, transportation, child care, supplies and affordable housing are but a few ways this fund offers assistance, in hopes of ensuring client success in school and beyond.
At our 2016 Gourmet Festival on March 20th, Ron’s wife Donna was on-hand to award a scholarship from the Dr. Ronald Kraus Memoral Scholarship Fund to Melissa, a single mother in our Transitional Housing Program who is pursuing a degree in substance abuse counseling.
Raechel B. received a scholarship to support her work toward an associate’s degree in marketing, which she completed in December 2015. She plans to continue on for a bachelor’s degree in fall 2016 and recently got a part-time job in her field after interning in graphic design for the Front Door Agency.
In fall 2014, three scholarships were awarded to a family in our Transitional Housing Program. Mom Nicole D. was supported in her efforts to continue studying in the paralegal field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Rivier University and is employed in her field. Her two sons, Anthony and Christian, both students at Nashua High School North, also received educational assistance through the fund. They have shown remarkable personal growth, responsibility and compassion for others during their family’s journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
At our Gourmet event in spring 2014, the first two scholarships from the fund were awarded to Ashley G. and Jahsen M. Ashley was a certified veterinary assistant interested in pursuing further study in animal behavior. Jahsen received financial assistance to complete her associate’s degree in marketing at Nashua Community College. Both were single mothers in our Transitional Housing program.