The PHS Scholarship Fund was created in the spring of 2010, when the Class of 2013 was completing its first year of high school.
The Class of 2013 is now in its senior year and students are pursuing their dreams and making their decisions regarding post-secondary education. Scholarships encourage Platteville students to excel while keeping their debt down.
“Various donors have approached us and have pledged, in total, a sum of $10,000 in matching dollars for donations received between now and February 28, 2013,” said PHS Scholarship Fund Advisory Board Chair Sheila Kelley. “These donors will match donations from our community residents and school supporters, dollar for dollar, all to be used for scholarships for the PHS Class of 2013.”
The 2013 matching funds have been donated, in part, by Esterline/Avista Control Systems; Block, Scott and Heenan; Mound City Bank; Livingston State Bank; Kopp McKichan; and Tricor Insurance. Community support is essential as these dollars will only be available if they are matched by additional donations. The deadline for receipt of gifts to be matched is Feb. 28, 2013. Gifts of any amount are encouraged.
The PHS Scholarship Fund Advisory Board established a goal of $50,000 for May 2013 scholarships.
“The community of Platteville has embraced the work of the PHS Scholarship Fund Advisory Board,” said High School Principal Dr. Jeff Jacobson. “From the $5,000 awarded to the Class of 2010 to the over $35,000 awarded to the Class of 2012, it is evident that this community values its youth and is willing to invest in their futures.”
Each year community support has grown, and in many ways, to achieve the year’s goals. Support ranges from fundraisers hosted by local businesses, to Kwik Trip card sales, to the establishment of endowments, to multi-year pledges and outright donations.
The PHS Scholarship Fund was founded in 2010. After studying other community programs and evaluating Platteville High School’s existing scholarships, the board of the Platteville Community Fund found that total dollars awarded PHS students through community scholarships was low and there was a real need for an endowed scholarship pool. The Platteville Community Fund assisted in building a group of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to develop additional scholarship resources for the very deserving PHS students.
Both the Platteville Community and PHS Scholarship Funds are components of the Community Fund of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. Donations are tax deductible. For information about the PHS Scholarship Fund contact Kelley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 348-2615, or Barb Daus, email@example.com, 778-3344.