Oklahoma Cancels Melania? OK!

Susan Kelley
3 min readFeb 21, 2022

Can’t Buy Your Way Out of This Surrey, Former FLOTUS

Melania Trump Photo by Ring of Fire

I almost laughed out loud.

Okay, no…I did laugh out loud.

“Since leaving the White House, I have further dedicated my efforts to helping America’s children.”

That’s a real thing she said. Melania. Seriously, a real thing.

I’m still trying to figure out what she means by further dedicate. Like, doesn’t that mean she did something before this to help America’s children? Did I miss that part?

But here’s the truly funny part.

Former FLOTUS tried to donate some money, apparently part of what she calls a “Be Best Initiative,” and not to be confused with any legitimate 501c3, to a school in Oklahoma as a convoluted path to helping foster kids.

I know…I know… hard to follow, but stick with me.

She partnered with a fundraising group that works to raise money for The Bradley Impact Fund, which was then to distribute monies through their advisory to “respective beneficiaries.” “Fostering the Future” is the name of her initiative, it’s not an actual charity, but sure enough, “Fostering the Future” was to be the vehicle through which these funds would be distributed.

Melania’s money, again, not raised through an actual nonprofit, was about to be funneled to a school in Oklahoma that trains students in computer science. The school, though, refused her offer.


A school in the admittedly conservative state of Oklahoma refused a gift from Melania.

And here’s the bigger punchline — the gift was going to be anonymous!

At first, it wasn’t clear exactly which school had turned down the donation, but with some sniffing around, it wasn’t too hard for various reporters to figure out that the educators were none other than the Holberton School. Holberton isn’t a high school or elementary school for underprivileged kids, and it isn’t a community college serving an urban community. Holberton is a multi-campus global enterprise teaching post-high school learners how to become programmers.

the interesting thing about the Holberton model is that it is tuition-free until students find a job…

Susan Kelley

Susan is a runner, a mom of 3 grown children, and an avid traveler. She writes about humans, and wrote a book about false accusations of sexual assault.