Charitable Reunions - Scholarships
Diboll Alumni raise scholarship funds
The 2008 Diboll Day "All Years Reunion" raised $637 for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Projects of the alumni association include helping plan class reunions by providing contact information on graduates, presenting a Diboll High School yearbook to The History Center each year, sponsoring the Diboll Day "All Years Reunion" and awarding scholarships. Since 1991, 131 scholarships totaling $72,300 have been given.
From the DibollFreePress, Diboll, Texas.
The 1952 Fund plans first award in 2007
The Class of 1952 was the first in Wilkes County, Georgia, to complete school through the twelfth grade. The 1952 Fund was established in 2002, at the group's 50th class reunion. The stated purpose of the scholarship fund is “to aid graduating seniors of Washington High with tuition in college.” The first scholarship will be presented at the 55-year reunion of the class, to be held in 2007.
From an article in the News-Reporter, Washington, Georgia
Class of 1956 endows scholarship
When Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio) Golden Anniversary class committee members met to plan their 50th anniversary celebration, they asked the class to raise $20,000 for a scholarship to be given annually to a deserving Mount Union student in the name of the Class of 1956. The amount would be enough to fund an annual scholarship of $1,000, based on need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Class members gave and pledged $20,270; an additional $10,000 pledged from the estate of a class member will eventually increase the scholarship to $1,500 per year.
From Mount Union College Athletics, Alliance, Ohio
Class of 1948 hopes to top $50,000 in scholarships
The Joplin, Missouri, High School Class of 1948 has raised money for scholarships for future graduates. This year, the group will approach $50,000 in its fund-raising campaign. They have been giving $1,000 scholarships for more than a decade.
The idea for scholarships surfaced at a reunion. One classmate who lives in Houston, Texas, helped set up the not-for-profit 501(c)(3), JHS Class of ’48 Scholarship Fund. Only class of ’48 members are solicited for donations. According to one classmate, if there is any regret, it’s that the need is greater than the class has been able to satisfy.
The Joplin High School Class of 1948 accepts donations to its scholarship fund. Send to James Porter, treasurer, JHS Class of ’48 Scholarship Fund, 3668 Kingswood Drive, Springfield MO 64809.
From a story by Andy Ostmeyer in the Joplin Globe, Joplin, Missouri.
A final reunion
The final reunion of Painted Post (New York) High School Alumni Association was in August. Painted Post High School graduated its last class in 1963.
Following dinner, the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956 and 1961 were honored. The group has been active since 1976 but through the years, attendance dwindled. The decision to cease operations following this year's reunion was made in 2003. Over 30 years, the group awarded $13,000 in scholarships to graduates of Corning-Painted Post West High School.
From the Elmira Star-Gazette, Elmira, New York.
Alumni association formed
In 2003 the Westwood (Massachusetts) High School Class of 1971 reactivated the alumni association because there was an interest in meeting and socializing with their own class and others who were in school with them.
The association has grown to more than 2,200 alumni and they assist classes planning reunions. The association is nonprofit and their mission is to advance education and stimulate interest and professional relationships between Westwood High School and its alumni. They actively support and promote the high school, provide funding for scholarships, grants and promote general fellowship and community involvement.
Contact Diane Badger, 508-698-0350; or visit www.westwoodhighalumni.org.
From Westwood Press, Needham, Massachusetts.
Nonprofit helps school
An alumni group from the old Booker T. Washington School in Overtown, Florida, created a nonprofit foundation to attract donors to ensure the school’s legacy. The idea for the foundation came after the class of 1957 held its 45th reunion in 2002, when members awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior. The alumni association established a tax-exempt foundation to raise funds for scholarships and make charitable contributions to support the school. Then, instead of waiting for a special reunion date, they made the scholarship program an annual event.
From an article in the Miami Herald.
Class of 1982 scholarship program
Members of the Quincy (California) High School Class of 1982 are celebrating their silver anniversary and they want to award a scholarship to a Quincy senior. Dennis Muir, one of the reunion organizers, learned that the rural area has few scholarships to offer graduating seniors. “Many of us were recipients of scholarships for vocational or technical schools or to a college or university,” Muir said.
They hope to raise $1,000 for the scholarship. Muir suggested a donation of $50 (that’s $2 for every year since graduation). Muir also asked his New York City employer for a matching pledge for the amount the class raises.
From a story by Victoria Metcalf in the Plumas County Newspapers, Plumas county, California