Sunday, 19 May 2019

Rolling Hills scholarship fund boosted by local businesses

Each May, seniors across the country attend award ceremonies where they receive scholarships from a range of institutions and organizations. For the second straight year, seniors at Meadowbrook High School will receive matching funds for their scholarships, thanks to the Rolling Hills Scholarship Fund and contributions from area businesses.

The Fund was established with an initial gift from the Stemmer Family Foundation, and supports a unique partnership between the Rolling Hills Local School District and scholarship funds open only to Meadowbrook High School students. The initiative has significantly increased the scholarship awards Meadowbrook students receive.

Any scholarship fund where only Meadowbrook High School students are eligible to apply can receive matching funds to supplement the dollars already awarded, helping to increase the support these scholarship awards provide for the students who receive them. In fact, six of the 14 scholarships awarded doubled their impact, giving Meadowbrook High School graduates even more assistance in their next educational steps.

“Last year, we left the Meadowbrook High School awards ceremony wondering what we could do to recognize and honor the legacies of those who originally established these scholarships,” said founder Tom Stemmer. “What resulted is the Rolling Hills Foundation Scholarship Fund. This fund will allow us to continue to recognize and honor the original scholarship sponsors, while helping the seniors who received those scholarships.”

A press release from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio noted that the Fund was created to recognize scholarships previously created to support Meadowbrook High School graduates and deepen the impact of these existing scholarships and the legacies they honor and represent.

In 2018, 14 scholarship awards received matching donations totaling an additional $7,200 in scholarship dollars for Meadowbrook High School graduates.

The Foundation has some support form inside the district as well. Each year, Meadowbrook High School students and staff work to grow the Fund for that year’s graduates.

“It is a wonderful initiative” Principal Devvon Dettra said, “and the impact it will have on these students and their future is immense. It says a lot about the community, our traditions and how dedicated they are to investing in our future, and more importantly, in our kids.”

After only a week of reaching out to local businesses, Dettra has received donations for the fund from Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health, Stoney R.V. and Meadowbrook Tire. Dettra noted others have pledged their support for the cause as well.

“The community support has been impressive,” he said, “Alicia and Troy (Beynon of Cedar Ridge) have been so supportive and Stoney R.V. and Meadowbrook Tire have always worked with the district wherever there was a need. We live in a great area with considerate and engaged stakeholders and this is another example.”

The press release said gifts to the fund are tax deductible and can be made in a number of ways, including cash, gifts in wills, and life insurance. To make a donation, please designate the Rolling Hills Foundation Scholarship Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made by visiting the Foundation’s online giving page and selecting the Rolling Hills Foundation Scholarship Fund when making a donation.

Gift can be sent by text by texting 20222 and entering Growhome_Colts to donate (message and data rates apply).

Further information can be found on the Foundation website or by contacting Principal Dettra at Meadowbrook High School.


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