South Western Dollars for Scholars is a tax-exempt organization of local citizens dedicated to raising funds for a scholarship program for resident graduates of South Western High School. Our goal is to insure that every deserving graduate has the opportunity for continued education, in academic or vocational areas, regardless of financial means.

They are affiliated with the York Foundation, a permanent endowment for the enhancement of the quality of life for York County residents.  This affiliation provides for skilled management of over 200 charitable funds under the direction of a board of community leaders and a staff of professionals experienced in philanthropy and financial administration.  South Western Dollars for Scholars is one of these funds.

They are an authorized program of Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA) which provides continuing support services to community-based scholarship foundations throughout the nation. Programs operated under this affiliation have tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status.  Therefore, any gifts to South Western Dollars for Scholars are deductible from federal taxes.

As the costs of higher education continue to rise, decisions to continue education beyond high school become increasingly difficult to make and to finance, especially for those having moderate financial incomes. Dollars for Scholars wants to be sure that any deserving resident graduate of South Western High School has both the encouragement and the opportunity for continued education. The role of Dollars for Scholars includes:

  • raising and managing funds,
  • establishing scholarship criteria,
  • selecting recipients and distributing awards.

How can you help?

General Scholarship Fund…
Contributions in any amount are accepted and appreciated.

Named Scholarship…
Named scholarships can be established with:

  • a minimum annual contribution of $500,
  • a single contribution of $10,000 for a perpetual scholarship.

Endowment Fund…
To benefit South Western Dollars for Scholars, funds will be held by the York Foundation and are open to contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations.  Our chapter will receive income annually from the South Western Dollars for Scholars Endowment Fund to be used exclusively for scholarship awards to deserving students. Our Endowment Goal is $100,000.         .

In person…
We are a volunteer organization and would welcome and appreciate assistance in planning for and/or conducting local publicity and fundraising.

History

South Western Dollars for Scholars was organized in 1998. The Phillip L. Hempfing Scholarship was the first “Named Scholarship” established by South Western Dollars for Scholars. The scholarship was established with memorial contributions received after Phil’s untimely death from cancer in early 1998. Each year a minimum of $750 in scholarship funds will be presented to a South Western High School Senior in honor of Philip L. Hempfing, a South Western graduate, former school board member, and district administrator. In addition to academic achievement, the recipient must demonstrate the values of a “true mustang” through contributions to school and community. In 1998, five scholarships were awarded to deserving South Western High School Seniors. The number of scholarships awarded has grown over the years to thirty scholarships being awarded in 2008. Throughout these years, many organizations have contributed funds on a regular basis. The elementary parent teacher organizations have contributed funds each year since 1999. Area businesses have also contributed to the scholarship fund. Keith Smith Concrete Contractors have contributed $500 each year since 2002 for the Timothy Lucabaugh Memorial Scholarship. In 1999 Caldwell Banker/Bob Yost Realtors contributed $4,000. A $1,000 scholarship was given to deserving seniors for (4) four years. Since 2004 the Bon Ton Stores Foundation has contributed $1,000 each year for a deserving senior pursuing a career in business. From 2004 to 2007 Hanover Honda provided annually anywhere from (3) to (5) five $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing careers at a two-year technical school. There were (4) four new annual scholarships awarded in 2006; the Chris Funt Memorial Scholarship, the Class of 2005 Scholarship, the Renner Medical and Mental Health Scholarship, and the Transportation Department Memorial Scholarship. A one year donation from the Class of 2005 provided (2) two $1,200 scholarships to deserving seniors in 2006. In 2007, two additional scholarships were awarded; the Markle Family Foundation Scholarship and another Two-Year Trade/Technical School Scholarship. For 2009, a new scholarship will be added in memory of Gene Bowser. Gene was an elementary teacher/ principal in South Western School District for over 35 years.

At the York County level, the South Western Dollars for Scholars is affiliated with the York Foundation, a permanent endowment for the enhancement of the quality of life for York County residents. This affiliation provides for skilled management of over 200 charitable funds under the direction of a board of community leaders and a staff of professionals experienced in philanthropy and financial administration. South Western Dollars for Scholars is one of these funds. A retired South Western School District Superintendent, Emory H. Markle, has contributed $50,000 in two separate memorial funds through the York Foundation. The one fund is in memory of his wife, Viola D., and the other fund is in memory of Emory. Through these memorial funds, (2) two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to deserving South Western seniors. A retired South Western principal and wife, Fred & Sylvia Marsh, established the Fred & Sylvia Marsh Scholarship Fund with a contribution of $26,400 in 2000. Through this fund, a $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving senior pursuing a 4-year degree in education. In 2006 the Renner Medical and Mental Health Scholarship was established for $1,000. In 2007, the Renner Medical and Mental Health established a second $1,000 scholarship. These scholarships will be awarded to a senior or graduate of South Western High School pursuing studies for a career in the medical and mental health associated fields as a full-time student.

At the national level, the South Western Dollars for Scholars is an authorized program of Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA) which provides continuing support services to community-based scholarship foundations throughout the nation. Programs operated under this affiliation have tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status. Therefore, any gifts to South Western Dollars for Scholars are deductible from federal taxes.

As the costs of higher education continue to rise, decisions to continue education beyond high school become increasingly difficult to make and to finance, especially for those having moderate financial incomes. We want to be sure that any deserving resident graduate of South Western High School has both the encouragement and the opportunity for continued education. Our role includes raising and managing funds, establishing scholarship criteria, and selecting recipients and distributing awards.

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