DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS
The class of 2016 will receive a total of $67,000 in scholarships in a ceremony May 5, 2016 in the school auditorium. This brings our grand total to $970,000 since our first year, 1999 when we awarded $10,000. Forty students will receive $53,500 from the general Dollars for Scholars account, five students will receive a total of $10,000 from the Grunow Memorial Scholarship Fund named for Barry Grunow, the Lake Worth Middle School teacher who was murdered in his classroom on the last day of school in 2000. This year, for the first time, two vocational scholarships will be awarded for a total of $3,500. We hope to encourage more vocational applicants in future years. Our parent organization, The Lake Worth High School Alumni Foundation, pays all our overhead expenses. This ensures that every dollar donated to or raised by Dollars for Scholars goes toward a scholarship for a financially needy student.
Our hopes to reach the million dollar mark this year were dashed when contributions we have received in previous years did not materialize. While we were disappointed in the shortfall, the goal will be easily attainable next year.
The board of directors and other volunteers remain committed to our mission and will be seeking new fund sources for the class of 2017. One board member is to be especially commended. Maryanne Hedrick, who taught with Mr. Grunow at Lake Worth Middle continues to produce results through the golf tournament she organizes at The PGA Course in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament netted $9,500 for the Grunow fund this year. Maryanne also sponsored a social event fundraiser at The Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course in April, raising $1,250 for the Grunow fund.
Lake Worth High Principal, Dr. George Lockhart donated $14,450 to be placed in an endowment to be known as The Lake Worth High School Memorial Endowment. This contribution came from funds that had been in the school’s internal accounts for many years, contributed by friends in memory of C.N. Wallace, Dick Brown, Dorothy Julien and Mavilene Prentice. Dr. Lockhart also contributed $9,500 which had been in the school’s internal accounts since the 1990s and donated by student Jack Charles who won a contest with $5,000 going to Jack and $9,500 to the school. The $9,500 went into the DFS general fund and was awarded in scholarships this year.
On behalf of the 2016 recipients I extend a hearty thank you to our board of directors for their dedicated work. We especially thank Doris Welsh and Paul Blockson, co-chairs of the scholarship selection committee and committee members Maggie Cooper, Scott Curry, Maryanne Hedrick, Ed and Jane Whitaker and Mike Woods for their dedication to help financially needy students realize their dream of a college education.
President, Lake Worth Dollars for Scholars Foundation