By Don Simond
Member, Scholarship Committee
The 2019 Scholarship Fund campaign will soon be coming to a close. As we have said so pointedly, “their future is in our hands and our future is in their hands.” Now is your opportunity to reach out, and, through the medium of the Fund, grasp the hand of:
…the scholar, always fascinated by the brain while growing up, who aspires to become a neuropsychologist;
…the young student of so much potential, who could only look on helplessly at the lifeless body of his godson killed in a violent quake, and who now is eager to become a nurse so that in the future he has the skills and knowledge to help;
…the determined student who aspires to be a biomedical researcher to discover how the human body can better defend itself from disease;
…of another who has seen how much a lawyer’s impact can have on a case and aspires to become the first lawyer in her family;
…of the gentle care associate and single mother of three who works extraordinary hours on end, tends to house and children, and yet finds time for school and study to enhance her skills in the caring for others;
…of the many determined young students who, out of a long-held desire to help others, are eager to pursue a career in nursing or social work;
…and of the many others who want to excel in a variety of fields such as cybersecurity, criminal justice, computer engineering, and fashion design.
In this exceptional group, so many have been so dedicated and driven and have demonstrated such potential that they have taken honors and advanced placement classes as early as eighth grade, have attained a cumulative GPA over and above 4.0, and have won just about every honor available throughout high school, from the honor roll to such honors as the National Academy of Future Physicians and the Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, several while participating simultaneously in school government and with dedicated concern in organizations designed to counsel their peers and prevent teen suicides.
Of such stuff is the scholarship candidacy, reaching out now, not for a handout but a hand up. And it is your hand that is so urgently needed to provide the lift and encouragement through a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Recall the words of the seventeenth century poet, John Donne, who put us all on notice for this and other callings: “…never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
And, yes, we do gladly accept donations to the Fund year-round, and if you have already made a contribution for this year, we are most grateful, but if not, but plan to do so at some time with all good intentions, what better time than now, before it slips the mind. We are reminded in that regard of the eloquence of the 19th Century French-born American Quaker missionary, Stephen Grellet, who admonished us: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
The Scholarship Campaign ends on April 4. If you have given, we sincerely thank you for your gift. If you have not gotten around to making your donation, please take a moment and help our students.