PCHS fundraises for scholarships
While many students at Park City High School qualify for full-ride scholarships or have parents who can pay their ways through college, there are many others who are not so fortunate.
Heather Briley, the high school’s financial aid counselor, said those students should be given a chance at college, as well. Briley is seeking donations for the school’s community scholarship program, which gives thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships to outgoing seniors each year.
"This is a really big deal," she said. "For some of the seniors, this will be the biggest scholarship or only scholarship they receive. We have so many first-generation students, too, and students where college tuition is a potential struggle. A $500 or $1,000 scholarship goes towards a lot of tuition."
Briley has sent out around 400 letters to potential donors seeking support. But anyone — both community members and local businesses — can get involved. Donors can give to a general scholarship fund or create their own scholarship and select criteria for it, Briley said.
The goal is to give each qualifying student a scholarship of $500 or more. Seniors can apply for up to three scholarships for which they qualify. Scholarships will then be doled out based on a blind review of applications.
Donations are due by March 15 and the scholarships will be awarded in May. A celebration for the donors and recipients will be held June 2 in the Eccles Center.
Briley has not set a goal for a dollar amount, saying that any money that is donated helps.
"Right now, I’ve raised over $12,000 for the senior class, which is really exciting," she said. "I would love it if I could hit $100,000, but I think that’s pretty ambitious. It would be awesome if we could do $50,000 or $75,000. No matter what, all of this money is super helpful. I’ve had a lot of donors already reaching out to me."
For more information, or to donate to the community scholarship fund, email Briley at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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