Thank you for joining us in our effort to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place for people of all abilities as we help students with Down syndrome achieve their college dreams!! We hope you enjoy our video following one of our Rockin’ Recipients, Ali Hale, to see what life is like after graduating from Western Carolina University!!
Check out our Rockin’ Recipients to learn more about past scholarship recipients and see what kind of inspiring individuals will be benefiting from the 3/21 Pledge. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay inspired through more of our Rockin’ Recipients’ amazing stories as well as Ruby’s progress (and general adorableness)!!
What is the 3/21 Pledge?
The 3/21 Pledge is a program developed by Ruby’s Rainbow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adult students with Down syndrome by helping them achieve their dreams of higher education.
Since its inception in 2012, Ruby’s Rainbow has granted $643,000 in scholarships to over 220 recipients who are “rockin’ that extra chromosome.” The 3/21 Pledge is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year alone, the Pledge raised $212,000 thanks to the support of participants like you!!
Our Goal for 2019
Our goal for 2019 is to raise $225,000 by March 21 — World Down Syndrome Day, and the culmination of the 3/21 Pledge — so we can grant scholarships to at least 45 new Rockin’ Recipients!
Individuals with Down syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome. This is why March 21, or 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day — a day when we celebrate these amazing individuals who are rockin’ that extra chromosome!!
How do I take the 3/21 Pledge?
1. Donate just $21 (or any amount!) to Ruby’s Rainbow.
2. Pledge to be kind and compassionate to peeps of all abilities!
3. Spread the word by asking three friends to take the Pledge.
That’s it — easy-peasy! Now you’ve helped students with Down syndrome achieve their college dreams!!
Don’t want to ask three friends, but still want to participate in the 3/21 Pledge? Donate $321 instead! (Or another amount —Ruby’s Rainbow will gratefully accept any donation, large or small!)
A Little More About Ruby’s Rainbow
Ruby’s Rainbow Mission
The Ruby’s Rainbow mission is to grant scholarships to adult students with Down syndrome in the United States who are seeking post-secondary education, vocational or enrichment classes, helping them achieve their dreams of higher education while spreading awareness of their capabilities and general awesomeness.
Ruby’s Rainbow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization inspired by a little girl named Ruby who was born with an unexpected extra 21st chromosome. Finding out Ruby had Down syndrome did not change her family’s expectations for her future; they vowed to give her every opportunity they could to learn, grow, flourish and become an important contributor to society and the community.
Through these expectations came the desire to help others “rockin’ that extra chromosome” on their journey toward higher education and independence. After all, life and learning don’t stop after high school. At Ruby’s Rainbow, we want to help these amazing individuals with Down syndrome reach their highest potential while sharing with the world just how cool and capable they truly are!!