EASTON — Superintendent Lisha Cabral is pleased to share that a graduate of Oliver Ames High School has endowed the Easton Public Schools a scholarship fund in the amount of $1,000,000.
A minimum of five scholarships will be awarded each year to graduating seniors from this fund, starting with this year’s graduating class. Each scholarship will be a minimum of $6,000 and could be higher, depending on the endowment’s earnings.
One scholarship shall be awarded to a senior who is active in athletics, and one shall be awarded to a senior who is active in extra-curricular endeavors other than athletics. Another shall be awarded to a senior who succeeds despite a significant challenge, such as a physical or medical limitation. One shall be awarded to a senior who is planning a career in secretarial work, and one shall be awarded to a senior who is planning a career in a trade or vocation that doesn’t require a four-year college degree, such as electrician or carpenter.
“Even though I moved from Easton many years ago, I have fond memories of my teachers and classmates, and of the small-town-feel that came with growing up there,” said the anonymous donor. “At my graduation, I was awarded scholarships totaling about $500, and what I’m doing now is ‘paying it forward’ to a new generation of Oliver Ames graduates.”
Recipients will be chosen by the OAHS Scholarship Selection Committee. Financial need shall be a major consideration in selecting recipients, and as much consideration shall be given to the student’s character as is given to academic achievements.
“On behalf of our students and their families, I would like to thank our anonymous alumnus donor for their extraordinary generosity in establishing a million-dollar endowed scholarship for students at Oliver Ames High School,” said Oliver Ames High School Principal Wesley Paul. “This amazing generosity will touch the lives of so many Oliver Ames High School students for years to come and will help make
the dream of post-secondary education possible for students who are in financial need and have demonstrated excellence. With gratitude, the community of Oliver Ames High School is proud to maintain the legacy of caring educators supporting students and we are grateful to this individual for remembering their hometown, their high school teachers, and their peers at OA. Since receiving scholarship money made such a difference in their life, we are indebted to their paying it forward in such a grand manner.”