Dollar Match for Dual Credit Campaign
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For Immediate Release -- July 30, 2018
Bolivar Educational Advancement Foundation kicks off 30-day fundraising campaign for dual credit classes – Dollar Match for Dual Credit Campaign
BOLIVAR, MO - The Bolivar Educational Advancement Foundation has issued a challenge to the Bolivar community – donate $20,000 to the Bolivar High School dual credit scholarship program and it will match it dollar for dollar up to $20,000.
To help spur the competition, BEAF has recruited the assistance of several community members to serve as campaign champions, responsible for generating completion and awareness of the fundraising campaign. Currently the list of champions includes Mona Coleman, Mona’s Cruise and Tours and past Bolivar R-1 Board of Education President; Nick Seiner, Southwest Electric Cooperative and current Bolivar Rotary Club President; current Bolivar R-1 BOE members Nathan Duncan, Douglas, Haun & Heidemann and Paula Hubbert, Hubbert Realty. The month-long challenge begins Wednesday, Aug. 1 and ends August 31.
BEAF has a long history of partnering with Bolivar Schools to provide additional funds for projects, facilities and scholarships including the dual credit program. Through the dual credit scholarship from BEAF, Bolivar High School students, who qualify, will receive help to defray the costs of dual credit classes.
“This is a great opportunity for civic organizations, Bolivar High School alumnus, and other groups/individuals to make a contribution to BEAF for the Bolivar High School dual credit financial assistance program by August 31. Financial gifts will be matched by BEAF up to $20,000,” Douglas said. “The more money raised during this challenge, the more opportunities available for students to participate in dual credit hours than in the past, which will lead to more BHS students being better prepared for the college environment--both academically and financially.”
Currently, Bolivar High School students have access to more than 50 hours of dual credit offerings taught by certified, master-level teachers within the school. Students have the option to pay reduced college costs to receive college hours in addition to the high school credits they receive.
“With $40,000 of additional funds, 421 college hours could be funded,” BHS Assistant Principal/Director of College and Career Programs Michelle Darby said. “This equates to approximately 140 classes (based on 3-credit hour class offerings) that could be paid out in behalf of students to provide help that otherwise would not have been possible.”
The program is open to BHS students who are juniors and seniors. Applications will be considered on the following merit items: past academic performance, teacher recommendation, and financial need. The deadline for students to apply to the program is Aug. 31, 2018.
“By taking advantage of these college hours, students get a jump start on their college education--saving themselves time and money in the long run,” Darby said. “While the college hours are provided to students at a highly-reduced cost than they are in the regular collegiate world, many students find themselves having to decline some or all dual credit opportunities due to the financial hardship it can put on families.”
For more information on BEAF or to donate to the campaign, visit bolivarschoolsfoundation.org, or BEAF’s Facebook page at facebook.com/bolivarschoolsfoundation. Checks may be mailed to BEAF, PO Box 117, Bolivar MO 65613.