That’s right…scholarships!  You see, I’ve just come through my fourteenth scholarship season, and I’m still trying to catch my breath.  From about January until the end of May each year, I eat, sleep, and breathe scholarships.  Scholarship season is exhausting.  I lose sleep, work nights and weekends, and live in a complete state of chaos for those five months.  My house is messy and there are bags under my eyes. 

Why do I do it?  Because I love it!  When people ask me, “What do you do for a living?”  I get to answer,  “I give money away!”  Free money to Grant County students who want to go to college.  What could be better than that? 

This year the Community Foundation awarded more than $333,000 in scholarships.  That’s amazing!  And worth the extra hours and lost sleep. 

As I’m sending out piles and piles of scholarship letters to recipients each year, I imagine their faces as they open their letters.  I’m smiling now just thinking about it! For some students, scholarships are the only way they are able to afford school.  I know, because the thank you notes these students send after receiving a scholarship sometimes brings tears to my eyes.  It is an amazing feeling being a part of something that has such a huge impact on people’s lives. 

Jealous?  Well, I don’t blame you.  But don’t worry; you can be a part of something amazing too!  And you won’t even have to have the sleepless nights, work the weekends, or have the bags under your eyes.  All you have to do is donate!  It’s that easy to make an impact on a Grant County student’s life. 

The Community Foundation has hundreds of funds, and a whole bunch of them are specifically set up to make Grant County student’s educational dreams come true.  Check them out on our website to find one (or more!) you’d like to donate to.  Can’t find one that’s a perfect fit for you?  Give us a call and we can talk about setting up a scholarship fund of your own.  It’s easier than you think! 

Click here to view the Community Foundation’s eNewsletter.

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