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For many Madison County kids, finding a job to help their families is more realistic than attending college. FATE Foundation’s goal is to help them imagine a different future and to give them the tools and support they need to make it a reality.

Mike and Anna Tuziw, Founding Directors of FATE Foundation, a Madison County based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing educational opportunities and enhancing the quality of life in WNC, were guests on the Matt Mittan show on Biz Radio Asheville, Tuesday, September 3.

“Fifty dollars can help a college student afford her calculus book for the semester and a gift as large as $2000 can help pay tuition for a semester. 

For as little as $10 a month, you can make a difference. We have such great kids in Madison County. They just need some extra help to be able to attend college,” Mike Tuziw, President of FATE Foundation, told listeners.

When Matt asked, “How can our listeners help the students,” the Tuziw’s thanked current donors for their generosity but emphasized that there are so many more kids that need help. “Helping four kids is good, but there are so many more kids that need help. We set an aggressive goal for this school year to expand the FATEful 20 scholarship to include additional students and to grow the FATE Scholar Award to reach more kids. To reach that goal, we need your help.”

Tuziw left listeners with one final thought: “Money can buy happiness, when it’s used to help other people.”

2019 FATE Scholar winners announced

What do three future doctors - one a pediatrician, another a forensic pathologist and the other studying neuroscience - all have in common beside years of college and medical school ahead of them? They are all winners of this years FATE Scholar Award for $2500 each. One of them, Ayrriana Kemp, even managed to graduate High School, along with an Associates Degree from ABTech in just three years. This years other winners are Brianna Cassidy and Jenna Barilovits. “We have future leaders and humanitarians who give of their time and of themselves, not because of any requirement or because they were told to,” said Mike Tuziw, President of FATE Foundation, “but because they realize… it’s the right thing to do!” 

In 2014 the FATE Scholar Award, FATE standing for Future Achievements Through Education, was started with a single scholarship of $500. Since then, it has continued to grow and last year awarded four scholarships totaling $8,000.   Two years ago they decided to expand the program. They started looking for 20 or more individuals and/or organizations that would be willing to commit to providing a gift of $500 each year, calling them the FATEful 20.  With these gifts, they would provide a $2500 renewable scholarship to one student in order to help that student in not only their first year but to also help in their second, third and fourth years. 

This year they awarded the first ever FATEful 20 award! This new award is for $2500 - renewable for an additional 3 consecutive years for a total value of $10,000! “This year we are awarding a total of $17,500 in scholarships and we don’t intend to stop there,” said Anna Tuziw, Founding Director.   This years winner of the first ever FATEful 20 award of $2500 a year for 4 years, totaling $10,000 is Megan Powell. 

To learn more about FATE Foundation or to find out how you can help support next years winners, check out their website www.fate.charity.

 l. to r. Anna Tuziw, Ayrriana Kemp, Mike Tuziw.

                l. to r. Megan Powell, Jenna Barilovits, Anna Tuziw,                   Brianna Cassidy, Mike Tuziw

Making a lasting impression

How can Madison County students set themselves apart from every other scholarship applicant? That was the question posed to students on January 9 at a workshop conducted by Mike and Anna Tuziw, founders of the FATE Foundation.

Focused on helping students write great personal statements and essays, the workshop was open to juniors and seniors at Madison Early College. A key question posed to the 26 students in attendance was, “Why is it so important to write a great personal statement and essay anyway?”  

Students learned that, often, it’s not the student with the highest grades or most extracurricular activities, but rather the applicant who does the best job of presenting him or herself on their application that wins the scholarship.  

The Tuziw’s explained how, if a student can write the most compelling essay and/or provide the best insight into who he or she is in their personal statement, that can set them apart from other applicants.

Spring Creek food pantry gets new mini-split unit

Hunger has no boundaries and affects people from all walks of life.  Those who live in rural areas often face hunger at higher rates, in part because of the unique challenges living remotely presents.  Because food is a perishable product, it is important to store it at the appropriate temperature for an appropriate time.  Proper food storage helps maintain food quality by retaining flavor, color, texture, and nutrients while reducing the chance of contracting a food-borne illness.

The Spring Creek food pantry has always been able to store food in ways that maintain quality and preserve freshness and flavor, but it hasn’t been without challenges.  Until recently, they have been operating with limited heating and cooling.  Though the minimal heat and fans help, the FATE Foundation recognized that there was a need for a better solution.  Working with the Walmart Community Grant Program and the French Broad EMC Mini-Split Heat Pump program, FATE Foundation provided funding to purchase and install a mini-split system for the Spring Creek food pantry.

“Storing food safely is essential” said Mike Tuziw, President of FATE Foundation. “We needed to find a solution, not just for the food safety, but also for the comfort of our volunteers that help and our families that shop at the pantry. And as demand continues to rise, food banks are trying to feed more people with less food. It’s not just handing out a box here or there anymore.”

FATE Scholar Awards presented to four
Madison County seniors

In 2014 Duke University formed Duke Kunshan University in China. 2018 is the first year they accept undergraduate students. This year they received 3,143 applications for only 225 positions. “Of these, they only expect to accept around 50 from outside of China - and we have one! Here!, at Madison HS”. Said Mike Tuziw, president of FATE Foundation, at this years Senior Celebration & Awards ceremony. “Another student has been accepted to NC State’s prestigious Poole College of Business Management and plans to show major corporations how to be profitable while still being environmentally sound. We have a sports star among us who will show her compassion and caring while being an Anesthesiologist.  We have future leaders and humanitarians who give of their time and of themselves, not because of any requirement or because they were told to but because they realize… it’s the right thing to do!  Take a look around. We are surrounded by greatness!”


            Back row l. to r. Anna Tuziw, Raven Newsom, Hannah Jennings,       Mike Tuziw.   Front row l. to r. Mary Bishop, Hong Pham

In 2014 the FATE Scholar Award was started with a single scholarship of $500. Representing over 20 individuals and businesses from Madison County and around the country, it has continued to grow in size and this year awarded four scholarships totaling $8,000. 

This year’s winners of the FATE Scholar Award and a check for $2000 each are: Mary Bishop, Hong Pham, Hannah Jennings, Raven Newsom.

An exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC.

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