Quality and accessible education is an essential need in every society. Education helps shape the minds of future generations and therefore has a direct influence on the continuity of any country. Consequently, nations must always be engaged in the process of improving their educational standards. Where the relevant authorities are unable to do so, it is left to willing individuals to do so. In the context of the United States, one such individual that has dedicated her life towards education reform is Betsy DeVos. In the instances where advocacy for policy changes has not been effective, she has also used philanthropy as a tool to better the lives of thousands of students across the country.

Betsy DeVos’ involvement in the education sector started on account of her being a parent to school going children. As a result, she was witnessed first-hand the various shortcomings of the education system being used in the country. Therefore, about three decades ago, she decided to do something about it. Her first act was to offer scholarships to high-performing students and schools that lacked financial means. However, she soon realized that these scholarships would only assist a few individuals at a time, while policy changes would help all students disadvantaged by bad education systems. As such, DeVos became one staunchest education reformists this country has seen in recent years. In fact, her contribution to education reform was so significant that it propelled her to be assigned the office of education secretary later earlier this year.

Together with her husband, Dick, Betsy DeVos also runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Founded in 1989, the Foundation has for the last three decades been providing financial support to needy individuals and communities all around the country. In addition to education, the Foundation also focuses on the arts, justice, and community. Over the entirety of its lifetime, the Foundation has put more than $100 million towards various philanthropic projects – making it one of the most generous private charitable foundations in the country.

All in all, Betsy DeVos is a woman to be celebrated, respected, and most of all emulated.


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