Quality university education is fundamentally a transformational investment from multiple dimensions that relate to improved incomes and climbing up the socioeconomic ladder. More intangibly, a university education creates immeasurable access to social capital, confidence to engage at the highest levels in the public and private sectors, and catalyzes the drive to contribute back to society at large.
“Education is the great equalizer. But it is sustained access that makes the skies within reach. Higher education with a solid foundation is the real game changer.”
Dr. Mariam Chughtai, PhD in Education, Harvard University,
Adviser, The Citizen’s Future
In this initial phase we are raising $100,000 for the fund which is to be channeled directly to TCF. Based on our calculations, it costs approximately USD 4,000 per student per year all inclusive when enrolled in a top university program in Pakistan.
We aim to direct funding to lift families and communities out of poverty within this generation and across generations. The first phase of the fund will achieve this by:
1) Financing university for TCF graduates leveraging TCF’s infrastructure.
2) Improving the long term employability for scholarship recipients and enhancing the availability of top talent in Pakistan.
3) Driving regional and national growth through increased and increasingly representative action-oriented human capital.
We hope that you contribute to this vision to transform Pakistan by partnering with us as we continue to grow and explore models on making this a sustainable venture.
“My parents did not go to any school, yet I could dream to attend LUMS and Harvard. My dream was realized thanks to scholarships which came my way just at the right time. Not everyone is equally lucky, and hundreds of young dreamers lose hope in Pakistan merely because of financial constraints. Here at The Citizens’ Future, we have set out on a mission to change that. We aim to fulfil hundreds of dreams and hopes, and in the process, maybe we make many more to dream bigger.”
Sardar Karim, MPA/ID, Harvard University
Lead, The Citizen’s Future
Who We Are
Our team comprises of development professionals, education sector experts, private sector consultants, medical doctors, marketing specialists, and strategic advisers across the US, Canada, Kenya, and Pakistan. Members of our leadership include those who benefited from the existence of scholarships for pursuing their education in top universities in Pakistan and abroad, including at Harvard, Columbia, LUMS, IBA, and Johns Hopkins. Team members further include those who come from low-income backgrounds who have themselves seen the lives of their families and communities transform due to access to finance for higher education.
“The foundations of education are far from set in Pakistan, but strategy dictates that we must invest in the successes of students who, against all odds, have pushed themselves across the echelons of society. The immense work of organizations like The Citizen’s Foundation offer a globally unique and powerful opportunity to transform the nation’s youth into its leaders. That is the future we need to invest in.”
Osman Siddiqi, MPA/ID, Harvard University,
Founder, The Citizen’s Future
To learn more about the fund, please see our brief by clicking here.