A college scholarship to change the trajectories of youth in South Sudan.

Advertising the PASS scholarship to community leaders in Wau, South Sudan

Padoc Area Scholars Society (PASS) is a need and merit-based scholarship program for students who are residents of the Apuk Padoc and Murle communitites of South Sudan, who are pursuing 4-year university degrees and 3-year technical college degrees.

PASS Scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, and a small living allowance.

Donors can choose among several levels of sponsorships ranging from $24 to $98 per month.


Apuk Padoc is a community in Warrap State, and the Murle people live in Jonglei State. Both states are in South Sudan, the newest internationally recognized country in the world. Impacted by decades-long conflicts, these communities have been deprived of development opportunities for many years. Many of our youth are orphans. Many others suffer from PTSD as a result of experiencing traumatic violent events. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after many years of civil war. South Sudan lacks basic infrastructure and has a minimally skilled workforce. Apuk Padoc and Murle communities have very low literacy rates and very high poverty rates.

Dr. Augustino Ting Mayai, one of the "Lostboys of Sudan" and co-founder of PASS, has dedicated his professional life to helping the people of South Sudan. He spends much of his year working in South Sudan on efforts including PASS.

In January, 2024, Augustino was appointed to a Cabinet level position in the National Government.



There are so many charities... How do I choose?


More than 95% of your support goes directly to the students

You will be hard-pressed to find any other registered IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a “direct support percentage” that is as high as ours! We are unique among other non-profit organizations because we are entirely staffed by volunteers!

Your gift will keep on giving for a lifetime! 

Your support is not a temporary fix like so many other charitable services. Our students will benefit throughout their lives from your support which will enable them to earn a college degree.

College education is amazingly inexpensive in South Sudan

Compared to any other country in the world! That means that your U.S. dollars are getting more “bang per buck” in South Sudan than they will for almost any other purpose for which you use your money!


Impact the greater community, and their place in the world

The communities in which our students live out their professional careers will benefit from their expertise.


Your gift will go far

South Sudan is ranked in 2023 as the poorest country in the world. [Global Finance Magazine and other sources]. 82% of South Sudanese live in extreme poverty, so your contribution, no matter how big or small, will have an immense impact.

Make a connection

If you choose, you can experience the gratification of corresponding with your student and learn how you are directly impacting their life! [You may also choose to not correspond and remain anonymous]

We're a registered 501(c)3

So your contributions are tax-deductible.


You can change a life

We have many students who are PASS scholarship qualified but who will only go to college if someone decides to sponsor them.

Thank you to our 2023-2024 sponsors and donors!

For the 2023-2024 school year PASS awarded 78 full-tuition scholarships as well as food and textbook stipends to all 78 students. The students are majoring in the following areas:

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