A stranger is planning to pay college tuition for 26 kindergartners at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim, California.
Marty Burbank, an attorney and Navy veteran, is pledging to fund each student’s tuition for two years at a community college and two years at a California state school, according to CNN. Although, if they want to go elsewhere, they are free to do so—as long as the tuition is the same.
These students, however, are required to draw a picture or write an essay each year about what going to college will mean for them and their families.
“I’m a strong believer in visualizing your goals, and this way they’ll be thinking about this each year for the next 12 years,” Burbank told CNN.
Burbank, who set up a private foundation where he plans to contribute some funds each year until there’s enough, estimates that the tuition will cost roughly around $1 million by 2032.
Prior to his donation, Burbank was considering buying a boat, but he quickly changed his mind after hearing a sermon from his pastor about charity and sacrifice.
“I thought that buying a boat at that point would be a selfish thing,” he said.
Burbank says he knows this is a huge deal for him and his wife, who’s a professor at Vanguard University, but knows it’s a good investment nonetheless.
“They say give until it hurts a little, and this hurts. But we feel it’s the best investment we could make,” he said.
Now, thanks to Burbank, 26 families in Anaheim are about to have the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I thought, let’s take that financial burden away and maybe these kids will get more encouragement about going to college,” Burbank said.