“Avon Dollars for Scholars” 2012 Honorees Pursue Education
September 18th, 2012
Pictured Above: John C. & Linda Carmon present the 2012 Avon Dollars for Scholars’ Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center scholarship funds to Sarah Hudak (center). Their annual scholarship, based upon academic excellence and community service, is presented to a graduating student, and Avon resident, who is pursuing a career in a caregiving profession. John is President of Avon Dollars for Scholars. (Photograph taken by Michael Miller II)
Nearly one hundred Avon high school graduates are continuing their education this fall, thanks to scholarship funds from Avon Dollars for Scholars. In June, the volunteer-based, non-profit organization awarded a total of $80,700 in scholarships to 94 local high school graduating seniors who now are beginning their first year of post-secondary education.
“This is the largest sum of funds that Avon Dollars for Scholars has ever been able to present in a single year, and we thank scores of local residents, businesses and organizations for generously stepping up to make it possible,“ explains John C. Carmon, President of the nonprofit Avon Dollars for Scholars. “Since our establishment 34 years ago, this organization has awarded a total of more than $1,030,000 in scholarships to 1,274 local students.”
At the organization’s annual Awards Ceremony earlier this summer, many of the scholarship awards were presented by donors, in honor or memory of specific individuals. One of those scholarships was presented in memory of Bernard Cole who worked hard to provide for his family from an early age, and valued the importance of a good education and strong work ethic. His impact influenced his daughter, Stephanie Eason, to become an educator. Eason, a special education teacher at Avon High School, presented six awards in his memory to students who have overcome a significant challenge during their high school years, demonstrating maximum academic effort, perseverance and determination. In addition, a special award of thanks was presented at the awards ceremony to Leslie Chaput of Avon, who was honored for more than 30 years service on the Avon Dollars for Scholars. Guest speaker Superintendent of Avon Schools Gary Mala presented remarks about Leadership.
Members of Avon Dollars for Scholars work year-round with local residents, businesses and foundations to raise money so scholarships can be provided to qualified students. To be eligible to apply for funds from Avon Dollars for Scholars, students must be residents of Avon, regardless of which high school they attend: public; private; magnet; parochial; or technical school. Scholarship funds are awarded based upon exceptional community service, citizenship and merit, or financial need.
Established in 1978, the Avon chapter of Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and contributions are considered tax-deductible. Contributions of any size are accepted year-round by Avon Dollars for Scholars. A donation of $300 or more entitles the donor to have a scholarship presented in the name of his or her choice – a perfect way to remember deceased loved ones or friends. All donations may be sent to: Avon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 706, Avon, CT, 06001.
To learn more about Avon Dollars for Scholars or to make a donation, visit www.avondfs.org or its President John Carmon at (860) 673-8610.