Stephen Colbert, a South Carolina native and product of South Carolina's public schools, has stepped in where our legislature, and governor, have refused to go.
Last week Colbert announced that he would fund every single existing grant request that South Carolina public school teachers have made on DonorsChoose.org, an education crowdfunding website. Colbert partnered with The Morgridge Family Foundation 's Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, which is headquartered in Greenville, to fund about 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools; his donation exceeds $800,000.
"Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on The Colbert Report which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina. Enjoy your learning, South Carolina." — Stephen Colbert
Grants will fund everything from new books to classroom supplies, school-branded clothing or professional development for teachers and, at a time when South Carolina schools are severely underfunded, and South Carolina teachers earn far less than the national average — South Carolina ranks near the bottom in nationwide teacher salaries — this donation by Colbert is a great boost.