PELLA — Pella Dollars for Scholars hosted a luncheon Nov. 4 to thank the donors who make the program — which awards a scholarship to every single Pella Schristian, Pella Community High School and home schooled Pella student that applies — possible.

The program has awarded more than 3,500 scholarships, totaling over $1.5 million since the local chapter formed in 2000.

Pella 2020 alumna and current Central College sophomore Caroline McMartin spoke at the luncheon, thanking those who support herself and hundreds of other students in their academic journeys. On top of her studies, McMartin runs on the Central College track and cross country team. Her time at Central has brought her new friends, opportunities to learn and unique experiences.

“Ultimately, none of these relationships, memories or experiences would be possible without the generous support of my community or the Pella Dollars for Scholars Program,” she said “On behalf of all Dollars for Scholars recipients, I would just like to say thank you to all of you, and the Pella chapter for your support.”

Other guest speakers included Pella Christian guidance counselor Brad Engers, Pella High School counselor Teresa Thompson, Pella Dollars for Scholars President Mick Snieder and Chevy Frieburger. Each expressed gratitude and appreciation for each donor and scholarship.

“Thank you to the board and you donors,” Thompson said. “It’s amazing doing what you are doing to help students through. Sometimes they do have a lot of questions in their mind on what their future holds after high school, but at least we know that they do have some scholarship money to get started and let them pursue that.”

New in 2020 was the introduction of homeschooled students to the program.

For more information about the program or to become a donor, call 641-230-3757 or email pelladfs@gmail.com. More information can also be found on their website at pella.dollarsforscholars.org.

Shannon Rabotski can be reached at srabotski@oskyherald.com.

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