Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
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Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Mañanas mejoradasUpper School parent and DA Trustee Janis Tillman shared a great article about Diane Evia-Lanevi -- another Upper School parent changing the world for the better. Click here to see the full article in the Triangle Business Journal. Here are the opening paragraphs:
A month before Cuban-born Diane Evia-Lanevi was set to begin her senior year at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., the federal Pell Grant she counted on for her tuition was halved as a result of cuts by Congress.
So she told the director of admissions, who had employed her in a work-study job since her sophomore year, that she would need to take at least a semester off to earn enough money to return to school.
But he persuaded the college president to make up the difference so she could stay in school.
Soon after they graduated, she and her future husband, Swedish-born Ingemar Lanevi, also studying at Flagler on a scholarship, vowed that if they ever had the chance, they would create a fund to provide scholarships for low-income students.
In 2009, the Durham couple created The Tomorrow Fund at Triangle Community Foundation. Click here to see what Diane and the Tomorrow Fund have done in just five years.
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