December 1, 2012
Dear KMF Donors, Supporters, and Friends:
Since 2008, KMF has supported 38 student leaders working in 16 countries with more than $41,000 in scholarships and grants. We’re really proud of our work, and all that we’ve been able to accomplish.
It is therefore with mixed feelings that we announce KMF will end its operations at the end of the year.
We are thrilled to announce, however, that the Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship has found a new home. Starting in 2013, the Foundation For Sustainable Development will take over and continue our flagship program, awarding individual scholarships of $3,000 to graduate student leaders in public health who embody Katie’s spirit, work, and values.
For 17 years, FSD has provided students with intensive training in grassroots sustainable development through internships with partner organizations around the world. By adding the KEMS to its programs, FSD will expand its reach to the international field of graduate public health.
Our decision to end KMF operations and place KEMS in the able hands of FSD’s experienced leadership is a positive solution which will allow the scholarship to grow in directions we cannot take it on our own. FSD has asked KMF directors and volunteers to be involved in its organization at many levels, and we look forward to making the transition a successful one.
Although KMF will not disclose our donor list to FSD, we do encourage you to consider supporting the scholarship at its new home.
Thank you for all of your support over the last four years.
John Evans, Executive Director
(2010 KEMS recipient Megan Slaughter poses with members of the Uganda Village Project, where she worked to improve preventative health education and healthcare provisions related to malaria, safe water, hygiene and sanitation, reproductive health, and immunizations in the marginalized Iganga district.)
(A note about our “green apples” logo: Katie loved tart fruit—the less ripe, the better—especially sour green apples.)