Imagine if... we could overcome the financial barriers that prevent so many people from earning their college degree
Ivan Gaskin is leading Purpose Driven, an organization focused on helping fellow students overcome financial barriers to completing their education.
The vision for the organization started when Ivan wanted to figure out how to help his fellow Morehouse classmate raise $1,000 to close a financial gap needed to stay in school. Armed with a saxophone and a desire to help, Ivan played outside of the Georgia Dome before and after Atlanta Falcons games, quickly raising the needed funds to help his friend. This was the start of the vision for helping other students overcome hardship that stand in the way of their path to achieve their educational dreams.
Since this effort, he and his team have created the Purpose Driven Scholarship to provide ongoing support to students in need. They raise funds through a variety of means, large and small, including the Silent Rhythm Awards, where they host a gala that recognizes community leaders. The inaugural spring 2014 event raised over $8,500 for the scholarship.
Ivan says, “everyone should pull together to help each person pursue their dreams – especially when it comes to the pursuit of an education”. Purpose Driven is expanding beyond just scholarships and will soon be launching an innovative mentorship program that ties high school students, current Morehouse students, and Morehouse alums together in a common bond focused on accomplishing their dreams.
Purpose Driven’s vision is to build a community that supports each other, leveraging each individual’s strength to create an environment where everyone reaches their goals. The vision starts with the simple premise – we should all find our purpose. We should all be Purpose Driven.
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