2012-11-09 / Community

Dollars needed for local ‘scholars’

South Portland Dollars for Scholars, the local nonprofit group dedicated to helping all South Portland High School graduates with post-secondary education plans in the form of scholarships, announces the latest effort to allow the community to help pitch in, one dollar at a time.

The South Portland Dollars for Scholars LuLu cubes are out and will be popping up in stores, businesses and other locations around the city, including Willow’s Pizza & Restaurant, Drillen Hardware, Terra Cotta Pasta, Sam DiPietro’s Market and city schools. The countertop alternative to an oversized collection jar, the LuLu Cubes are designed locally by Lucinda Yates and Jessica Patrick of Designs by Lucinda and are both informative, yet not overly intrusive. These customized cubes work like piggy banks where spare change, dollars and checks may be deposited. The Cubes’ production was made possible by a grant from Key Bank to help unlock the possibilities when it comes to furthering an education.

The class of 2012 graduated in June and 67 seniors were awarded $400 scholarships by Dollars for Scholars. Additionally, Dollars for Scholars helps to pass through scholarship money to colleges, universities and trade schools that offer to match the scholarship amount, doubling the value of the amount awarded.

Nationally, Scholarship America works with groups such as South Portland’s Dollars for Scholars in trying to make post-high school education a bit more affordable to the students and their families.

For more information about South Portland Dollars for Scholars, visit www.southportlandhs.dollarsforscholars.org.

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