A second north Missouri school district has announced plans for a campaign to establish additional scholarships for graduating students.
The Gilman City School District is teaming up with the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri to launch an effort to develop more scholarships for graduates of Gilman City High School. Roger Alley, Superintendent of the Gilman City District says the past few years have been extremely successful for students and faculty and test scores have proven to be among their best in recent years. “Our Annual Performance Reports have been very strong and we are proud of our students and staff for their many academic successes. The lack of scholarships continues to be an area where we have fallen short in rewarding the achievements of our students and we simply want to do better.” Alley went on to say “we are grateful for the scholarships provided by area businesses, organizations and individuals but with the increasing cost of higher education, we want to be able to offer even more financial support and encourage our graduates to pursue higher education goals.”
“Many of the graduates at Gilman City benefit from the A+ program allowing students paid tuition to Missouri community colleges and vocational schools,” said Alley “but A+ doesn’t cover all of their expenses and we hope to be able to reduce the fear of not having enough money to pay for their education.”
The Board of Education voted in February to pursue such an effort with hopes of generating support for graduates as early as 2017. Alley agreed that not every donor is interested in contributing to scholarships and that others areas of support are also needed included technology upgrades and improvements to the physical plant. “Growing our scholarship base is our focus,” said Alley “but indeed other forms of financial support are always welcome. “
Information will soon be distributed to alumni of Gilman City as well as area residents inviting them to “give back” to the future of Gilman City High School and its students. Interested persons may contact Superintendent Roger Alley, High School Principal Brent Mitchell or Community Foundation Marketing and Development Director Steve Maxey.