A Message from Our President...
Dear Friends and Supporters,
On behalf of the Board of Dollars for Scholars, I am excited to announce that we have changed our name to Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County. We introduced this change at our office on November 1, when we unveiled a sign bearing our new name. This change results from our Board's decision to disaffiliate from Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars program.
Recently, the national organization began implementing a number of administrative and systems changes affecting all Dollars for Scholars chapters that we felt would divert our focus and resources from what matters most to us supporting our local community by providing local support to local students.
Dollars for Scholars was founded 48 years ago by Dan Richardson and local Rotarians with a vision and mission of helping local students realize their dream of going to college. They chose to affiliate with the national Dollars for Scholars organization because it promised to let the infant organization manage its own affairs for the benefit of its own community. From 1965 to 2013, on our own we grew into a well-regarded, well-managed, successful organization and fulfilled our founders' mission by awarding $8.6MM to 2,665 Indian River County students. We take pride in knowing that all of these funds were raised locally and have gone to benefit our local students. Our decision to disaffiliate honors our roots as a locally-managed foundation and reflects our firm commitment to continuing to support our local community.
Though we've changed our name, everything else about our organization remains the same our mission, our Board of Directors, our volunteers, students, and we hope, mostly importantly, the many generous individuals, community groups and businesses that have supported us. Each year we are humbled by the donations we receive from our donors who believe in education and want to aid future generations of Indian River County. We thank you for your past support of our organization and hope that you will continue to support us as we move forward to serve our LOCAL students and community.
Kathryn Block Faires, President
Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County
$504,000 Awarded at 48th Awards Ceremony
Recipients gathered at Sebastian River High School for Scholarship Foundation's 2013 Awards Ceremony. Click for names and awards.
Five New Awards
Board Member Joan Cook with Herget recipients Lindsay Noland and Clynesha Cobb
Scholarship Foundation awarded five new scholarships this year thanks to Indian River County residents who are passionate about education.
Two students received Herget Foundation Scholarships, made possible by Orchid Island resident Charles (Ted) E. Herget, Jr. The co-founder of Maryland-based Asset Strategy Consultants, Mr. Herget has long been an active supporter of education in Maryland. This year, as a result of his long-time friendship with Scholarship Foundation Board Member Joan Cook, he established a scholarship with Scholarship Foundation to be awarded to students pursuing a nursing or pre-med degree. A cancer survivor, he wanted to "give back" to those who cared for him on his journey to recovery.
Marjorie Arnold Soash Memorial recipient Kasey Lentini with Board Member Jon Sternberg
The Marjorie Arnold Soash Memorial Scholarship was created by Mrs. Soash's daughter Dorothy Mueller in memory of her mother and her long-time encouragement of students in our community.
Mrs. Soash, who died in December 2012, was a teacher who began her tenure at the Vero Beach Junior High School in 1966, teaching math and physical education before her appointment as the Dean of Girls, a position she held until her retirement in 1986. Even after her retirement Midge enjoyed following the academic achievements of her former students and their children.
Three other new awards arose from the generosity of long-time supporters: the Northern Trust Scholarship, a second Indian River Symphonic Association award, and the VBHS Class of 1963 Scholarship.
Eight Receive Schuble Family Scholarships
David and Soozi Schuble with recipients of the 2013 Schuble Family Scholarships