In December 2013, The Voila Foundation made final grants to the Haitian non-profit and humanitarian organizations that it has supported for many years. It has been renamed as the Trilogy International Foundation.
June 3, 2014
Just over a year ago, an aviation accident off the New Zealand coast took the lives of Eric and Kathy Hertz. Shortly after that tragic event, the Trilogy International Foundation announced that, in memory of Eric and Kathy, it planned to fund a scholarship program for Maori and Pacific Island students at the Auckland University of Technology, where Eric and Kathy had served as volunteers and mentors.
We are pleased to announce that thanks to generous gifts from the family and friends of Eric and Kathy, our Foundation is contributing $140,000 to establish the Eric and Kathy Hertz Scholarship Fund at AUT. This grant and associated investment income will be used over the following five years to award scholarships for Maori and Pacific Island students at AUT to help them cover housing costs in Auckland and to study at affiliated universities in the United States and Canada.
Scholarships will be awarded by a committee consisting of AUT faculty and administrators as well as a representative of the Hertz/Picone family. Kathy and Eric committed much of their time to promoting opportunities for Maori and Pacific Island youth in New Zealand, so this scholarship is a fitting memorial to their interests. AUT is excited to have funding for housing and exchange program scholarships and the Hertz/Picone family has endorsed the grant as well.
The Foundation is extremely grateful to those of you who made the contributions that have funded this scholarship program.
We hope that, with the program now in place, those of you who have expressed an interest in making gifts will feel comfortable with supplementing the Foundationís grant so that more Maori and Pacific Island students will benefit from AUT scholarships to study at AUT and at affiliated North American universities.
If you wish to make a contribution, you can do so by sending a check to the Trilogy International Foundation at the address shown below. Please note on the check that you would like your contribution to be applied to the Eric and Kathy Hertz International Scholarship Endowment. Alternatively, you can make a donation to AUT's supporting organization in the United States, the Friends of AUT, Inc: http://www.aut.ac.nz/community/giving-to-aut/friends-of-aut-inc.
Both the Trilogy International Foundation and Friends of AUT are 501(c)(3) organizations, so your deductions will be deductible to full extent permitted by US tax laws.
If you have questions about the scholarship program, please contact Scott Morris at 425-458-5955 and firstname.lastname@example.org.