The Lenawee County Education Foundation (LCEF) celebrated another year of educational achievements by local students, awarding a record number of over 435 scholarships to 275 students at its 33rd Annual Scholarship Program at Adrian College’s Dawson Auditorium on Sunday, May 6th. Scholarships awarded this year totaled above $475,000, no small feat for a county of Lenawee’s size.
Following the program, a reception was held on the lawn, allowing scholarship recipients and their families to get acquainted with their donors. “What a wonderful event,” said John Wanke, Executive Director of the LCEF. “I don’t think the original organizers of this Foundation ever imagined the magnitude of these scholarships or the impact they make on so many people.”
“It’s a great and humbling feeling to know that the community supports me and so many other students,” said Robon Edwards, Adrian High School senior and LCEF scholarship recipient. “I hope to one day give back in the same way.”
Since its inception in 1985, the LCEF has awarded over $6.5 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 Lenawee County students. These scholarships would not be possible without the generosity of those donors who believe in supporting the ongoing educational efforts for young people. Almost 40% of LCEF scholarships are memorials by friends and family members.
The LCEF also provides mini-grants to Lenawee County teachers for innovative classroom programs, career training grants through the Ronald Reeves Job Readiness Program, and funding for numerous other projects in partnership with local schools, colleges, agencies, and organizations.