Eighty-seven deserving scholars and the people that love them – parents, friends and donors – 400 in all, turned out to meet, mingle and celebrate as the George Snow Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships during their Annual Awards Reception at the Mizner Park Cultural Center, June 1.
In 2017 alone, the Fund will pay out over $1 million in aid to more than 100 deserving students.
“This event allows our donors and supporters to meet our new Snow Scholars as well as recognize our donors and volunteers who have made 2017 the most successful year in our 35-year history,” said Tim Snow, president of the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Some of those donors included Amy and Mike Kazma, the Steve Bagdan Charitable Foundation, Rita and Tom Head and the R.A. Ritter Foundation.
The evening began with a dinner reception followed by the awards ceremony. A highlight of the evening was hearing the individual stories behind the recipient’s award, which Snow told personally.
Each Snow Scholars received a medal and certificate along with a duffle bag stuffed with odds and ends – things every college kid needs like small appliances for their dorms. The students also got to choose between a new Lenovo laptop computer or a college supply stipend. Overall, the gifts the Snow Scholars received were valued at over $800.00.
The evening ended with the presentation of the Robert S. Howell Spirit of Service Award which was given to longtime Snow Scholarship Fund supporter Diana Halley who was recognized for volunteerism, generosity and her commitment.
“We are blessed to live and work in a community that recognizes the importance of higher education and that is willing to step up to the plate to give this year’s scholarship recipients an opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams,” said Snow.
The George Snow Scholarship Fund provides four-year committed educational grants to students bridging the gap between other financial aid and what the students and their families can afford. The Fund prides itself on building lasting relationships with their scholars – not only giving financial support but providing care packages, college supplies – even helping students get physicals that many colleges require. The Fund states that 90 percent of Snow Scholars graduate from college, compared to 52.8 percent, the national average.
For more information or to make a donation visit, The George Snow Scholarship Fund or call, (561) 347-6799.
-by Michelle Kaplan