In the spring of 2006, the Howland Local Schools Community Collaboration Committee first entertained the concept of developing a scholarships program for Howland’s graduating seniors. After coordination with Howland Administration and the Board of Education as well as discussion with the high school principals and guidance counselors, the Howland Community Scholarships program was born.
Over the summer, a committee was formed. Jim Kiracofe, Carter Lewis and Stephanie Shaw, each of whom were members of the Community Collaboration Committee, agreed to serve on the scholarships committee as well. Andy Bednar, former Board of Education member who chaired the Collaboration Committee, also served as the chair of the Howland Community Scholarships Committee. Community members Bob Battison, Michele Jones, Dennis Lewis, Jr, Dave Tricomi and Beth Ward eagerly agreed to lend their
expertise to benefit the students of our community.
The first step for the committee was the formation of the Howland Community Scholarships Foundation. Local attorney Mike Rosenberg volunteered to provide the required legal assistance to bring the foundation to life. The mission of the Howland Community Scholarships program is to award scholarships to Howland High School’s graduating seniors annually through direct donations and the proceeds of the Howland Community Scholarships Foundation, Inc.
In less than six months, donations totaling approximately $115,000 were received due to the generosity of our community. With sustained efforts, the Howland Communty scholarships Foundation will continue to assist Howland’s graduating seniors as they persue their educations beyond the Tradition of Excellence at Howland Local Schools.