PHS Class of 1965 works to endow scholarship
As part of its 50th reunion celebration in September 2015, the PHS Class of 1965 raised enough money to fund three $1,965 scholarships for outstanding PHS seniors to be awarded in 2015-17. The project inspired one classmate to challenge the class to fund an endowed $1,965 scholarship by offering an initial $19,650 matching grant.
Under the leadership of classmate Charles Schlecte, a new project was launched. The Community Foundation of West Texas was selected to manage the new “PHS Class of 65 Endowed Scholarship” fund.
Fully funded, the fund will award $1,965 to a woman on odd numbered years and a man on even numbered years. The criteria for the award are academic standing, personal integrity, and determination.
Fundraising began in earnest in August 2016 and class participation has been amazing. As of early September, 24 classmates had donated almost $13,000 – 65 percent of the challenge amount.
Classmates like the idea of a lasting, positive legacy from “the greatest class PHS ever had.” Classmate Anna Laura Lee Denison, who was a beloved 30-year teacher at PHS, recalls teaching many who relied on scholarships to go to college. “Some are lawyers, teachers, and medical professionals. In this day of challenging economic times, everyone needs ‘a little help from his friends.’ ”