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Sault High alums keep the future bright for local students

Posted: August 18th, 2014

ONE CLASSY GIFT – Representatives with the Sault High School Class of 1963 pose with a ceremonial check for $1,000, a gift to a scholarship fund set up to benefit today's SAHS grads attending LSSU. Behind them is the Sault/Loretto High School Wall of Honor with names of more than 350 persons and graduating classes. The LSSU Foundation sends out an annual appeal to Sault High and Loretto (Catholic) High alumni who may be interested in supporting this very special fund. Each year, the fund receives up to $10,000 in donations and close to $260,000 has been raised over the past two decades. From left are Pat Zimmerman, Roy Forrest, Bob Collia, Nancy Darling, Judi Rath, Mary Beth Janke, and Linda Cook. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – It was 1990 when a small group of community leaders gathered to talk about helping Sault High graduates make their college dreams come true. Almost 25 years later, the Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship Fund has reached an endowment level of more than $205,000 and has provided awards to many deserving Sault High graduates attending Lake Superior State University.

"The original committee roster reads like a Who’s Who of Sault Ste. Marie," said Tom Robinson DDS, who has served on the committee since its inception.

Spearheaded by 1946 Sault High grad Denny Booth, the original committee included Bud Weber, Sam Dubow, Judson (Bucky) Swart, Florence Caffey, Phil Andary, Barry Armstrong, Bud Cooper, Bill James, Frank Fazi, Dave Freeborn, John (Jack) Haller, Ken Bailey, Bob Hunt, Lois MacDonald, Tom Moher, Archie Spring and John Swart.

Each year, the LSSU Foundation sends out an appeal to Sault High and Loretto High alumni who may be interested in supporting this very special fund. Each year, the fund receives nearly $10,000 in donations.

The scholarship campaign has become a unique way to honor a friend, parents, favorite teacher, or family member. A single contribution or accumulated contributions of $250 or more entitles the donor to designate a name to be placed on the Sault/Loretto High School Wall of Honor plaque displayed in the LSSU Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center. Today, there are more than 350 persons and graduating classes featured on the plaque.

Accumulated contributions of $5,000 or more will create an annual perpetual scholarship in honor of an individual named by the donor. The named perpetual scholarships are placed on the Wall of Honor plaque and presented to deserving seniors at the Sault Area High School Academic Awards in May. As many as 10 perpetual scholarships are awarded or renewed annually.

To learn more about the Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship, contact Sharon Dorrity at the LSSU Foundation, 635-2665 or foundation@lssu.edu. You may also learn more about the fund and the more than 100 other LSSU scholarships at lssu.edu/foundation/scholarships.


-LSSU-

CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.


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