Saginaw County Chapter awards scholarships to future teachers

Each year the Saginaw County Chapter awards at least two, but usually three, scholarships of $1000 each to young people planning on a teaching career. Their policy is to award two of the scholarships to graduating high school seniors and the third to a college junior who has been admitted to the teacher education program at the university. This year’s winners were Kendra Samson and Rebecca Bell.

Students apply online for the scholarships at the Saginaw Community Foundation. The scholarship committee at the Foundation evaluates the applicants according to the qualifications that the chapter has specified to them. They present the chapter with the three recipients and also are responsible for sending the checks to the colleges where the students have enrolled. The Foundation then hosts an event where recipients’ names are announced and the awarding organizations are highlighted by calling representatives of the organizations to the stage. Several hundred people are present at this event so it’s a nice opportunity to spread the name of the Saginaw Chapter of Retired School Personnel around the community.

The scholarships are funded in two ways. The first is by the income earned by the chapter’s fund at the community foundation. Any funding shortfall, usually about $1,000, is supplied by the chapter treasury. That money is supplied by contributions from members, from proceeds of a 50/50 drawing done at each chapter meeting and by proceeds from a yearly casino trip. The drawings and the casino trip are done by their very ambitious fundraising chair, Willie Allen. His generous donation of his time and hard work have helped to fund the scholarships for many years.

 

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