Despite a cold, foggy night and the debut of wrestling (with Medford) the crowd at the 22nd annual Scholarship Dessert was one for the record books.
“This always signals the official beginning of the holiday season,” commented one of the 200 or so in attendance.
Some hostesses brought their fine china, some went on-line and purchased paper service, while others used Hallmark’s finest to serve elegant desserts. Centerpieces were as varied as the desserts.
Mike Bowles, retired CEO of the D9 Foundation and a retired D9 educator, was the master of ceremonies. “Thanks to the community support, nearly 325 scholarships have been awarded through this event,” said Bowles. Last year $12,700 was awarded. Scholarships are awarded based on GPA and SAT scores. Plus community service. Bowles explained that one half of the funds raised at the event plus five percent of the Dec. 30 fund balance will be awarded in the spring. The other half of the money is deposited into the endowed fund with the D-9 Foundation, and invested with the Oregon Community Foundation.
Speaker for the evening was EPHS 2001 graduate Blake Cam. Cam was a top athlete at EPHS, a state wrestling champion twice over, an OSAA scholar and a recipient of letters in football and track, as well. He said when it came time for college he thought one of the state universities would want him for his athletic ability and he rather hoped for a full ride scholarship. Such was not forthcoming. His search continued and he found Willamette University was interested because of his academic record, athletics was not their prime interest. Scholarships cut costs from $34,000 a year to $6,000 and enabled him to receive a degree in sociology. He is now a deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
The EPHS jazz choir, followed by the concert choir in their first performance of the year, provided a number of heart-warming holiday songs.
Those in attendance gave $5,814 to the scholarship fund. “I’m pleased because of the economy that folks are so supportive of the Scholarship,” said Olive Lansburgh, who along with Mary Schauffler, co-chairs the event every year. “We had one of our best crowds. And it was wonderful to see all the Honor Society students there, as they always are. Some of them will be the recipients of scholarships from this fund raiser,” said Lansburgh.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent