The Storm Lake Dollars for Scholars organization begins its annual fund drive this week. The Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors has set a goal of $12,004 for this year's fund drive. Area individuals will be contacted by mail and telephone, in an effort to raise funds that will provide scholarships for the graduates of 2004 from both Storm Lake and Storm Lake St. Mary's High Schools. Every dollar raised through the local fund drive is invested in the education of young people, since Dollars for Scholars administration is entirely volunteer. Every dollar raised stays in the Storm Lake community for the graduates of its two high schools.
Over the past 18 years. Dollars for Scholars has awarded $218,100 to local graduates, providing 574 scholarships for seniors who have gone on to higher education.
Unlike other scholarship programs, Dollars for Scholars reaches out to more than just the top academic students. It takes into account some important intangibles - what a student has contributed to the community, church and civic groups, whether he/she has solid personal goals and how effectively those goals can be communicated, and how hard a student has worked at a job while in school.
Scholarships awarded are intended to provide not only financial support to graduating seniors, but a community "pat on the back" as well.
Area residents are invited to join the community-wide effort to provide scholarships for the seniors of 2004.
Tax deductible contributions may be sent to Dollars for Scholars, 119 West 61" Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588. Any local service groups, business or individual interested in fully funding a scholarship can get details by calling Dean Nicholson or Jacque Anderson, Awards co-chairmen for Dollars for Scholars.