DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS RECOGNITION
Last Thursday morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 21st Annual Dollars for Scholars recognition breakfast. The session was held at St. Boniface with the purpose of honoring members of this year’s graduating class with scholarships.
The breakfast is the culmination of many great efforts throughout the year. I would like to focus this article on the recognition breakfast.
107 members of the class of 2015 were each recognized with scholarships through the Dollars for Scholars program. In addition, a four-year renewable scholarship was also included in the presentation.
The students receiving scholarships along with their parents were honored at the breakfast. Each scholarship recipient is offered a brief introduction. The introduction highlights each student’s parents and the student’s future educational plans. The breakfast offers a great opportunity for students to have their plans identified and recognized.
Students are also honored for their hard work over the course of their academic careers. The Dollars for Scholars committee attempts, as fully as possible to match the students to donors or directed scholarships based on their educational success, their academic efforts, their post-secondary plans, and/or their areas of intended study.
As an example, Tri-City Cable Commission awards two scholarships annually and the committee makes an effort to award the scholarships to students planning to major in communications, broadcasting, journalism or some related field. The Dollars for Scholars committee looks at the students, plans, experiences and the requirements of the scholarship to arrange the best matches possible.
The donors to the scholarship funds were recognized or identified as the scholarships were awarded. It is always a privilege to have the donors at the breakfast program to share the scholarship awards. The efforts and donations certainly contribute to the educational future of the ROCORI graduates and it is nice to have them participate in the program.
Without donors to the Dollars for Scholars program, none of the scholarships would be possible. The donors may be individuals within the community, various businesses affiliated with our communities, service organizations throughout the ROCORI District, families wanting to support educational efforts, and a variety of sources.
Any and all donations—of whatever size or amount—help support scholarships. The donations are appreciated by the Dollars for Scholars organization as well as the recipients of the scholarships!
I would like to extend a note of thanks and appreciation to all (and each) of the members of the Dollars for Scholars organization. The Dollars for Scholars committee, comprised of school and community members, works very hard throughout the school year to make the scholarship event possible.
Countless hours of time making connections with others are involved in building the scholarship foundation. A variety of events are conducted throughout the year to help build the resources for the scholarships. Several of the projects are known because they have been done for a long time, like the Jail ‘n Bail fundraising effort. Other activities are relatively new.
Over the last four years, Dollars for Scholars has conducted the 50/50 drawing at major school events where someone attending the event wins half of the money collected while the other half goes to the program. This year, the 50/50 raffle drawings brought in enough money to fund six of the scholarships.
Beyond the fundraisers, many of the members of the Dollars for Scholars committee agree to make contacts with businesses and individuals to secure donations and contributions to the scholarship fund. The committee dedicates a lot of time and energy into the activities of Dollars for Scholars.
The recognition breakfast, itself, involves a great deal of time. The Dollars for Scholars committee reviews scholarship applications, determines the recipients of scholarships, matches the students to the appropriate scholarship, prepares the event location, organizes all the breakfast details, and helps to award scholarships.
Congratulations to each of the student recipients of the scholarships. Their hard work, and the support of their parents, has earned the honors and awards given at the breakfast. Thanks, as well, is extended to the donors and committee members for making the event a reality.
The event is a wonderful opportunity to see parents and students, together, at one of the last events of the senior year. There is no question that the support of parents is an important element in a successful educational career. It is a great experience to have the students recognized with their parents.