The Palmyra-Macedon community has a rich history of generosity that was again on display during the annual Dollars for Scholars Senior Awards Night held on June 6 at the Pal-Mac High School gym.
Community members, educators, families and students gathered for the annual event organized by the 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 outstanding accomplishments during their time at Pal-Mac and award scholarship funds. A total of 75 Pal-Mac students from the Class of 2019 were awarded $142,100 in scholarships directly from the Dollars for Scholars program.
To raise funds for the Pal-Mac Dollars for Scholars program, the organization holds the Dollars for Scholars 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 approximately $20,000 with the help of more than 80 students. As a direct result of the phone-a-thon, 10 seniors were each awarded $2,000 scholarships. Additional funds were distributed through a variety of scholarships and funding sources.
The Pal-Mac Dollars for Scholars chapter is part of Scholarship America's national network. The organization is comprised of local volunteers 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. Since its founding in 1987, the Pal-Mac chapter has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships funds to over 2,000 deserving students.
In addition to funds awarded directly from the program, several other scholarships were presented from individuals and groups not directly associated with Dollars for Scholars. Additional scholarships awarded totaled $15,750.
Overall, nearly $158,000 was awarded to graduating seniors to support future academic endeavors.
“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 Dr. 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.”
If you are interested in making a donation to the program or establishing a scholarship to promote a business/organization or memorialize a family member, please contact Joan DeCann at email@example.com or 315-690-2709.