Educate a girl today and she will create lasting change,
one girl, one village, many generations


Providing scholarships to the daughters of remote villages in China to go to school - Since 2000
501(c)(3) Charitable Nonprofit

Our Impact

Over the course of our first 20 years, the Scholarship has enabled 135 Guanlan Sisters to return to and pursue the education they need to transform their own and their families’ lives, to live a life of relative safety and contribute to progress of their whole community. One Guanlan Sister wrote after receiving the Scholarship its first year,


“I saw father and mother suffer such hardship and wither away over time, while mother kept saying, ‘dad and I can bear more hardship and exhaustion, but … we still can’t pay your school fees.’ At this moment, when I thought I would have to drop out of school, the village received the news of your gift, Guanlan Mama. You can’t imagine how happy I was to hear that you would support our and my schooling. We won’t let you down.”

The schooling has provided the girls with identity, legitimacy, visibility, and respect in the eyes of their families and villagers.

Our History

Started almost 20 years ago, learn more about how a professor and her family started GSF

Our Recipients

We are in our 2nd generation of Guanlan Sisters! Learn about them and how they are doing

Support GSF

Help change the course of a life by donating to the GSF or contact us on other ways to help

Guanlan's Sisters: A Family Journal Documentary

This half-hour documentary premiered on WVIZ captures the life of a Guanlan sister and her journey. Click here to read a cleveland.com article about it

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The Guanlan Scholarship Story

Guanlan's Journey 2010

Guanlan Scholarship Foundation

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Goals and Purpose of the Scholarships

  • To change the life prospects of village girls in remote China so that may flourish and give back to their communities
  • To award scholarships that cover half of the required school fees or tuition to at least 10 more girls each year
  • To work with our local partner to qualify worthy recipients by conducting annual family visits