When the Washington Park Panthers Class of 1965 last summer set out to raise enough money to fund five, $1,965 scholarships for Park grads, they had no idea they’d actually end up with the fund for 10 scholarships.
The group set out on the fundraising journey to commemorate their 50th reunion, a story in The Journal Times reads, and handing a check for almost $20,000 to Park counselor Wendy Saber was a highlight.
“I said to her ‘I know I told you we’d have enough for a couple scholarships, would you take 10?’,” Barb Salvo is quoted as saying.
Alumni raising money is nothing new, Salvo told the newspaper, but amounts usually only come to $500 or $1,000. She called the Class of 1965’s gift, “amazingly generous.”
The money was raised primarily through asking classmates to round up their reunion entry fee by at least $20, the story continues. When that effort proved successful, the reunion committee added a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle to the event. Eventually, a handful of former Panthers each donated a full scholarship as well.
Four of the scholarships have been earmarked for students who plan to study business and engineering/math as well as two for students who will attend Gateway Technical College with one required for an automotive field. The remaining six scholarships are unrestricted.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Park scholarship committee.