High school seniors receive ‘Dollars for Scholars’ awards

Nineteen graduating seniors were awarded scholarships last week.

KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTERNineteen graduating seniors were awarded scholarships last week. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK —  A local non-profit has recognized recently granted scholarships to 19 deserving students.

Shenendehowa Dollars for Scholars, an affiliate of Scholarship America, is an all volunteer 501(c)3 based in Clifton Park. There are around 1000 Dollars for Scholars chapters locally around the country.

Each year, the group selects a group of students to receive various scholarships to local students planning to attend either two-year or four-year schools, vocational, or technical schools. As of 2017, Shen Dollars for Scholars has awarded $233,200 to 370 students from the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Ballston Lake, Malta, Rexford, Round Lake, and parts of Waterford. The funds for the scholarships come from local donations.

Students and their families gathered in the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library to receive scholarships from local non-profit, Dollars for Scholars. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

Students and their families gathered in the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library to receive scholarships from local non-profit, Dollars for Scholars.
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“We awarded 19 students a total of $13,750 — the scholarships range from $500 to $2,500,” the group said. “To date, we have awarded 370 students a total of $233,200. The matching awards promised to Dollars for Scholars chapters by many colleges add to this. This year, that amount totaled $2,750.”

Outgoing high school principal Don Flynt spoke at the ceremony. Flynt, who will be retiring at the end of June, noted that he recognize many of the students awaiting their scholarships, and said that he wasn’t at all surprised to see them there.

“There have been some outstanding kids that I’ve interacted with during my time at Shen, most of whom are in the room,” he said. Flynt also pointed out that though Dollar for Scholars is not technically tied to the school district, the members of the group care about the success of local students just as much as any parent, teacher, or administrator.

“The generosity of this community is unmatched,” he said.

The names of the scholarship recipients for 2017 are as follows:

Dylan Behunin

McKenna Callahan

Morgan Di Sarno

Sarah Foster

Jonathan Frutschy

Joshua Garber

Emily Hayes

Mikayla McGarry

Alexa Knudsen

Rachel Lashombe

Regan Odorizzi

Justin Oliveira

Juan Perez

Nicholas Savallo

Kea Sciancalepore

Olivia Tate

Wesley Turner

Jennifer Vu

Madison Waddell