The Dollars for Scholars Senior Awards Night was held June 6 at the Palmyra-Macedon High School gymnasium.
Community members, educators, families and students gathered for the annual event, which is organized by Pal-Mac Dollars for Scholars, a nonprofit foundation that supports higher education opportunities for graduates of Pal-Mac High School. The event provides an opportunity to honor graduating seniors for their accomplishments during their time at Pal-Mac and award DFS scholarship funds. A total of 75 Pal-Mac students from the Class of 2019 were awarded $142,100 in scholarships directly from the DFS program.
In an effort to raise funds for the Pal-Mac DFS program, the organization holds the DFS Phone-A-Thon each year, which involves students working the phone lines to receive donations from Pal-Mac community members. This year, the student-led fundraiser brought in about $20,000 with the help of over 80 students. As a direct result of the phone-a-thon, 10 seniors were each awarded $2,000 scholarships.
The Pal-Mac DFS chapter is part of Scholarship America’s national network. The organization is comprised of local volunteers and exists to help students achieve their educational goals by raising scholarship funds, establishing endowments, providing assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process and distributing scholarships each year.
In addition to funds awarded directly from the DFS Program, several other scholarships were presented from individuals and groups not directly associated with DFS. Additional scholarships awarded totaled $15,750.
Overall, $157,850 in scholarship money was distributed during the event. Funds awarded during the special evening will be used by students to help them achieve their educational and career goals.
“Dollars for Scholars and numerous other community-based scholarships continue to provide our graduating seniors with valuable financial assistance to help further their education,” said Pal-Mac Superintendent Bob Ike. “We are grateful for the work by Pal-Mac Dollars for Scholars and the continued altruism shown by the Pal-Mac community in support of our students.”
Those who are interested in making a donation to the program or establishing a scholarship to promote a business/organization or memorialize a family member, contact DFS volunteer Joan DeCann at joandecann@yahoo.com or 315-690-2709.