ADSFund is managed by a small group of people with big dreams–to help other Amish and former Amish achieve their dreams of a college education. Here you can learn a little about the people involved with the Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund.
Emma Miller (Featured in Devil’s Playground 2002)
Emma left the Amish when she was 16 so she could continue her education. She is now working for Shell Foundation in London, UK working with entrepreneurs who bring access to clean energy in low-income areas in Africa and India. Her Amish background drives her to fight for equality in economic and educational opportunities for everyone worldwide. She has a Masters degree in Economics and Finance from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Economics from San Diego State University. She strongly believes that education should be available to everyone who wants it. If you have any questions about ADSF or would like to ask her any questions about Amish life, you can email her at email@example.com.
Naomi grew up in Jamesport, Missouri and graduated with her nursing degree from Goshen College in Indiana. She is now working at the Goshen Hospital, following her dream of being a nurse. Naomi is passionate about ADSF and has worked really hard to make it happen.
Saloma Furlong (Featured in “The Amish” on PBS in 2012)
Saloma was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio. Driven by her desire for freedom and more formal education, she broke away from her community––not once, but twice. She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Her education has included research on the Amish with Dr. Donald Kraybill and a semester abroad in Germany, where she studied at the University of Hamburg. She is the author of the memoir Why I Left the Amish. In February 2012, she was featured in the PBS documentary The Amish that aired on American Experience. During her thirty-year inner struggle of coming to terms with her Amish past, she has gleaned a better understanding of herself and her heritage. It is this perspective that she brings to her reflections about Amish.
We are currently looking for a volunteer who would like to take on the role of Fundraising for ADSF. The role would be very part-time with a minimum of one year, potentially longer if you wish. It would consist of applying for grants from large companies & government sites and any other areas that you come across. This would be perfect for an internship role or for someone who is looking to get involved in a charity with flexible hours. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in getting involved. We could really use your help!