At this week’s senior awards celebration, the Cheltenham School District Foundation awarded seven scholarships to 10 students across a variety of interests. Students wrote essays to be considered for the scholarships, which increased this year from $1,000 to $6,500 thanks to the generosity of local businesses, Cheltenham teachers, community members, and organization donations.
“I am so excited and honored to have been a part of this scholarship process because it extended beyond the traditional merit scholarship for grades to include those who are capturing the spirit of Cheltenham and impacting the lives of others,” said Michelle Bellamy, who chaired the scholarship committee, which also included Pamula Hart, Lisa Angelettie and Betsy Conway. “The applications were amazing, and I am so proud of the caliber of students we have as demonstrated in the applications. Congratulations to the class of 2018. We know you will do great things.”
Awarding scholarships helps fulfill the mission of the Foundation, which was founded in 1992 to mobilize philanthropic power for the benefit of educators and students in the Cheltenham School District.
"The Foundation is proud to build an innovative student scholarship program that compliments our teacher grants," said Laura Baldwin, Cheltenham School District Foundation President. “CSDF worked to increase our student scholarship awards and ensure this was a three-year, sustainable program to provide opportunities to our district graduates.”
This year’s winners were:
CSDF's inaugural spring event became a community building event for more than 165 Cheltenham residents and their guests. Grey Towers Castle served as the perfect backdrop for the potluck-style dinner but remained a secret location until the morning of the event.
Attendees arrived dressed in white and shared their own food across friends and tables. This successful event raised over $6,000 to directly fund the CSDF scholarship program.
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