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Friday, June 12, 2009

Donors come forward to rescue C-C scholarship fund

It’s no secret that the faltering economy has hit nonprofits and charitable causes hard this year – and the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF), which for the past 43 years has contributed to the college tuitions of a select group of CCHS graduates, is no exception. When it came time to tally up this spring, the CCSF trustees discovered they were about $100,000 short of the money that they normally allot to graduating seniors through a number of scholarship awards.

Money for the scholarship fund, which was started in 1966, comes from an annual phonothon conducted by CCHS students; from income generated by memorial gifts, bequests, named funds; and from an assortment of local donors. So Al Powers, treasurer of the CCSF committee and a retired CCHS teacher himself, spoke to past donors about the problem. Fortunately, upon hearing of the shortfall, several individuals stepped up to the plate, as did the Concord Carlisle Community Chest, which provided $10,000 from its Cornerstone Fund. “First we went to the benefactors of the endowed funds, and they helped us by providing an additional $45,000,” Powers said. “Then some individual donors came forth to make up the difference for us. Their generosity enabled us to stay at the level we were at last year, and even provide a small cushion for next year.”

Soon the total reached $196,000, making it possible for the CCSF to cover approximately the same number of students it usually does – a total of 101, of which 45 are high school seniors bound for college this fall and the remainder are already enrolled at colleges and universities.

Among this year’s recipients is Carlisle graduating senior Samantha Dweck. She received funding from the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship and the Carlisle Garden Club Scholarship. “The scholarship money is a huge help,” she said recently. “The donors have been enormously generous, and I am so grateful to the Martinez family as well as the Carlisle Garden Club for what they have given me. Especially in economic times like these, it is wonderful to be able to get help from the community.” Dweck will apply her scholarship toward tuition at Brown University, where she matriculates this fall.

Other Carlisle students who will benefit from CCSF monies include Emma Lunig, Sarah Ganek and Maxwell Herman.

George Senkler of Carlisle is past chair of the CCSF committee and a longtime donor. When Senkler’s four daughters attended CCHS in the 70s and 80s, he was active as a parent volunteer and he continues to demonstrate his support for the school as a donor. “It is important to support not only the school but also the students who might otherwise not be able to attend college,” he commented. In fact, one of the named funds honors the memory of Senkler’s stepfather, Farnham W. Smith. The winner of that award was another Carlisle resident, Emma Lunig. ∆

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