What is Achievement Beyond Obstacles Program
Reno South Rotary started the Achievement Beyond Obstacles (ABO) Program (formerly Most Improved Student) in 1996 to recognize students whose pathway to high school graduation was much more difficult than it was for most of us. These students had, or were in the process, of overcoming issues such as significant health problems, abuse, dysfunctional families, homelessness, even brushes with the law – all the while attempting to continue their coursework on the road to graduation. In the world of Scholarship Awards academic prowess normally triumphs. The noteworthy success of these students has been their ability to overcome obstacles life placed in their way. Our desire was to reach out to these particular students with an encouraging word and some financial assistance. We wanted to do what we could to encourage these ABO Students to continue their education.
How does the ABO program work?
Each year ABO committee members contact counselors at each high school, including charter and private schools, asking that they nominate students for the ABO Program. Each year ABO committee members contact counselors at each high school, including charter and private schools, asking that they nominate students for the ABO Program. The maximum number of students selected for the Most Improved Student program is 36 per year. Students sign a contract to attend a leadership training program and to attend an awards luncheon.
How You Can Help
The success of the ABO program has increased in the last few years with our assistance to these motivated and deserving students to continue their education beyond the first year. Because of the ever increasing costs, we are seeking additional funding over and above the Rotary Clubs contributions to the Achievement Beyond Obstacles Program.
Reno-Sparks Rotary Clubs-District 5190
A 501C-3 tax-free foundation has been established to receive donations from any individuals or organizations that would like to support the Achievement Beyond Obstacles program.
Special recognition will be given to individuals or companies at the Annual Awards Banquet.
Achievement Beyond Obstacles
3983 S. McCarran Blvd. #531
Reno, Nevada 89502