The Rising Tide fund was created by educators to honor Linda Ward and to celebrate the life of her son, John Williams Burgess. In honor of Linda Ward’s lifetime of work with immigrant populations and John’s lifetime legacy of scholarship and experiential learning the award annually provides two immigrant high school students from Portland Public Schools with a range of opportunities to pursue academic and personal interests, strengthen college applications, and develop leadership skills through unique summer program experiences.

The award was conceived by Linda to fund “life-changing” experiences for these new Americans while honoring her son’s passions for education, travel, social justice, and active citizenship.

Linda, her family, and the community send their thanks to your interest and support of this fund.

To support this fund, donate here and indicate you would like to support the RIsing Tide fund.