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The Freedman's Fund makes available scholarship money to descendants of slaves living in the south to aid in their pursuit of education. Through consultation with our Atlanta committee it is distributed in a timely manner with no conflicts of interest. This work is done according to the legal requirements as set forth in this memo.
"The Committee on Prejudice and Poverty [the former name of RSEJ], in addition to its primary work, is presently charged with the responsibility of disbursing the income from the Freedmen's Fund on behalf of the Yearly Meeting.”
Our administration of the Freedmen’s Fund scholarships builds community by connecting New England Friends with Friends in Atlanta Friends Meeting, who work with us in finding qualified students, and with the students themselves. For example, one recipient recently joined Friends for a day at NEYM Sessions.