By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Even though he’s now attending Princeton University, Eduardo Lima still is actively involved in the non-profit organization he started with two other Enid teens.
Lima, who is home in Enid to spend the holiday with family, said one of the four classes he took this semester allowed him to help Give Me a Shot, the local non-profit he launched along with Harrison Maud and Connor Choate, while Maud and Choate were students at Enid High School and Lima was a student at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. Give Me a Shot is a basketball-based mentoring program for underprivileged youngsters.
One of Lima’s classes is a freshman seminar called philanthropy. Students are responsible to learn about and choose from among many non-profit organizations, then the non-profits are given $50,000. Lima said that money is donated to Princeton for the purpose of the class by the Once Upon a Time Foundation.
“Immediately, I came to the realization that my job isn’t to run a non-profit,” Lima said.
Instead, his job was to help decide which non-profit would be given money.
“I’d never been on the side of giving money,” Lima said. “I’d always been on the side of asking for money.”
The experience broadened his horizons about how a non-profit can be run, Lima said. In learning about an array of non-profit organizations and comparing the work of one to another, Lima has thought about how Give Me a Shot is structured, and how others looking at it would assess its program and outreach.
“You need to try and structure your non-profit so it reflects those good things,” Lima said.
The class gave $1,000 to Give Me a Shot, and some of Lima’s classmates have come on board with the Enid non-profit as well.
Lima’s other classes this semester were calculus 2 and physics and morality in politics. Next semester he expects to start with seven classes and narrow the field down to four. The seven he’ll start with will be ancient Greek, ancient philosophy, medieval history, a math class called analysis and single variable, metaphysics and epistemology, macro-economics and micro-economics.
Lima also is one of two freshmen elected senators in the undergraduate student government. This will involve weekly meetings and being a liaison between the student government and the student body.
Lima said studying alongside people with backgrounds as diverse as a prince from Malaysia and someone who grew up below the poverty threshold in Los Angeles, has been an education in itself. Princeton doesn’t admit every student on account of their ACT scores, he said. He’s encountered such people as an Olympic athlete and a student who knows seven languages.
“They turned down 400 kids with perfect ACT scores — mine wasn’t perfect,” Lima said. “You find when you go there, the people you meet will amaze you in some area.”
Lima is the son of Eduardo Lima Jr. and Shanta Lima. Choate is the son of Rick and Cindy Choate, and Maud is the son of Molly and Geoff Helm.