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Norwood-Norfolk seeks funding for scholarships


NORFOLK - Some scholarships that might have been awarded to Norwood-Norfolk Central School seniors during June graduation ceremonies are no more.

“Some of our yearly scholarships are low in funds and would benefit from contributions,” high school Principal Robin J. Fetter said.

The district has two types of scholarships - some that are awarded by outside organizations and other internal scholarships that are handled directly by the school.

She said that, although they keep monies for the internal scholarships in an interest-bearing account in the district office, some of them have been depleted or are on the verge of being empty because contributions haven’t come in to replenish them.

“Interest rates the last couple of years have been low,” Ms. Fetter said.

However, in most cases, she said, “If you have a substantial amount of money, the interest will carry the scholarship.”

On the flip side, if there’s little money left in the scholarship fund, the interest alone won’t carry it.

The district awarded more than 100 scholarships last year, she said.

“The support we have received from award and scholarship donors has been tremendous, and we are very grateful for their support,” Ms. Fetter said. “John Wing has established a huge scholarship that is wonderful. The Meredith Fiacco Scholarship is quite large.”

The Meredith Fiacco Scholarship is bolstered in part by a golf tournament in which the proceeds are directed to the school for the scholarship.

Some groups such as the Kiwanis, Masons and American Legions also provide regular scholarship funding, as does the Norwood-Norfolk Teacher’s Association, she said.

“We have lots who contribute to it every year. There are people who contribute a lot to kids in the community,” the principal said.

But not all of the scholarships have had the same level of financial support. In some cases, the family that established the scholarship may have moved away or passed away and no longer contribute to that award.

“The Vern Burrows Scholarship is gone. This is the last year the Bill Stone Scholarship will be awarded. The Class of 1960 would raise money every year, and they’re not continuing that,” she said.

Scholarships are an important way to recognize student achievement, Ms. Fetter said, and they want to recognize as many of them as possible as they leave high school. The money from the scholarship can help pay a portion of their college tuition or book expenses.

“One of the ways to recognize student achievement is by awarding scholarships. Many young peopleleaving high school are nervous while at the same time excited about their future. Not only does a scholarshiprecognize a student’s achievement, it also provides a bit of reassurance and assistance in beginning a newendeavor. A couple hundred dollars really makes a difference to a college student. It goes to the whole idea of paying it forward to the next generation,” she said.

Anyone who’s interested in contributing to a scholarship can contact Ms. Fetter at 353-4611. Anyone who wants to start a new scholarship can also coordinate that through her. Starting or contributing to a scholarship is an approved tax deduction.

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