that we are going to be able to offer 4 – $2500 scholarships this year to graduating Hayfield seniors.
We are also going to be able to contribute to the Hayfield drama department and to the Bob Pass Tennis Foundation. This is all due to the generosity of the 153 supporters of our online fundraising site as well as some very supportive offline donors. I think that Dave would be thrilled with what is being done in his name.
Establishing a scholarship is not as easy as I had imagined. I thought we would raise some money, throw it into an account somewhere, accept applications and then hand out checks to students to use for their post-graduation needs. In my mind this might be dorm gear, a computer, or some sort of professional license that would aid someone in getting a job. But, even establishing the account was trickier than I knew. And forget about handing checks to students. I understand the need for accountability, but I just wanted to operate on trust. I am pretty clueless sometimes.
With the support of Cheryl (finance tech at Hayfield), Dana (the PTSA president) and Amy (the career center specialist), I ended up connecting with Tessie who runs College Access Fairfax. CAF will manage the applications, set up the fund, and write the checks. Extra money will go into a credit union account to earn a little interest until we need it. CAF will read through the applications and forward the best ones on to us to make the final decision.
Applicants don’t have to be going to a 4 year college. My understanding is that the program they are doing just has to accept FAFSA. It is important to me that we are not basing these scholarships on merit or even financial need necessarily. I have a child with a genetic disorder who had a dad who was dying from cancer during her last two years of high school. The resilience and perseverance she has shown throughout her life is not something that can be measured by GPA or FAFSA (although I think she had a GPA to be very proud of). I would love to recognize kids who have a similar strength of character. Kids who have persisted through a challenge. Kids who have done for others and given back to their community in some way. Dave wasn’t a 4.0 student. Nor would he have had the minimal Expected Family Contribution. (In the interest of full disclosure, he did have tennis though.)
Our hope is to continue these scholarships for years to come. So, if you would like to still donate, it is not too late.
The scholarship application opens up on November 15th. I am excited to read applications and hope that lots of kids will apply. I will post a reminder here and on Facebook when the application is live.
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. The entire Tremaine family is so very grateful.