Hope through scholarships
One of the most impactful events our schools have is the senior awards night. Sabetha High School just facilitated this evening this past week. Not only are seniors recognized for their academic accomplishments, they also interact with community members who award scholarships. The amount of scholarships available to our graduates has grown considerably in the past several years and represents a generous community with an emphasis and value placed on education.
Many scholarships are memorial scholarships. It is an emotional experience to remember past community members as scholarships are awarded. I always think of the contrast between the powerful grief of the loss of loved ones and the beauty of the hope that scholarships represent. In my opinion, there is no better way to memorialize a loved one than to give “hope” for a better future through a scholarship.
Memorial scholarships are not the only gifts that are given. Other scholarships represent clubs and organizations, as well as alumni groups and those specific to different vocations. Some promote the local community or are intended to promote a specific post-secondary institution. The majority of these scholarships are supported by the USD 113 Foundation.
The Foundation began helping financial donors help kids in 1994. Because of recent donor generosity, the Foundation’s funds have grown. This has also increased the amount of time and effort required by Foundation volunteers. These community members continue to volunteer their time, expertise and efforts to maintain a growing and thriving foundation. They give of themselves to provide a financial vehicle for donors to help kids.
In order to learn more about the USD 113 Foundation, you may visit https://www.foundation113.com/. A promotional video about the USD 113 Foundation may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gglZ2iSx-_8. Individuals interested in scholarships offered to SHS students may visit https://bit.ly/37DctXs.
I am very grateful to the generous individuals and organizations who sponsor scholarships to support our youth. Congratulations senior scholarship winners. Not only have you been given a financial boost in pursuing a post-secondary education, you are now a part of a process that represents the past and that provides hope for the future.