College doesn't happen by chance. To underscore the need for community support to help prepare, advise and financially assist students seeking post-secondary education, Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse proclaims May as National Scholarship Month.
Kruse was surrounded by the student and adult members of the Storm Lake Dollars for Scholars board of directors as he made the proclamation prior to the Storm Lake City Council meeting Monday afternoon.
In celebration of National Scholarship Month, the Storm Lake Dollars for Scholars Chapter will be hosting a "Meet the Scholars" Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Storm Lake Middle School.
At this event, 78 scholarships totaling $35,000 will be awarded to 55 graduating seniors from Storm Lake and St. Mary's High Schools. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and meet these outstanding high school students.
Now in its ninth year, National Scholarship Month has become an annually recognized effort to inspire, motivate and challenge people in the United States to make a difference for students. The local Storm Lake "Dollars for Scholars" chapter is one of over 1,200 grassroots scholarship foundations in 41 states and the District of Columbia that raise funds and provide financial and academic support to local students seeking post-secondary education.
The Storm Lake chapter has been in existence since 1985, and over the past 20 years has awarded 667 scholarships totaling $284,450.00. The funds for these scholarships have come from the generosity of Storm Lake area residents, businesses and organizations.
Dollars for Scholars recognizes not only academic performance, but teenagers' work experience, volunteerism, school involvement, extra-curriculars, and ability to express their future goals in essay form.