Annual Dollars for Scholars awards banquet set for June 24
The economy may be at an all-time low, but the number of Liverpool Dollars for Scholars awards is at an all-time high with 185.
Liverpool DFS Board President John Cerrone said the chapter will be presenting a total of $87,000 in scholarships during the June 24 awards ceremony at the Liverpool High School Cafeteria.
In 2009, the chapter awarded 157 scholarships that totaled $68,200.
"What's unbelievable is in this economy we have these numbers," Cerrone said. "The Liverpool community is a great support."
Because the past year has been tough on community members' pockets, Cerrone said he was not expecting big numbers during any of the chapter's pledge events.
Nevertheless, the DFS chapter collected $25,000 in pledges during the 2010 DFS Phone-a-thon, which topped the 2009 total by $8,000.
Because those were pledges, Cerrone said there was a possibility the chapter would not get the full $25,000. However, Cerrone said the DFS Board has already collected $23,000 of the pledges.
The next DFS fundraiser will be a June 29 golf tournament held at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville.
Cerrone and the DFS Board members said they are happy with all the contributions and are proud of the community's generosity.
"When you're down and out and people are still giving, they're giving from the heart," Cerrone said. "This really is a good cause."
What it's all about
The first of many national programs to follow began with a small mission to help fund college education. The first DFS efforts consisted of a few friends of teacher going door-to-door asking neighbors for $1 to go into a scholarship fund.
The first year of the program was found successful as 24 scholarships were awarded.
Nowadays, the national chapters award more than 42,000 scholarships each year. In 2009, the scholarship awards totaled more than $72 million across the country.