Imagine being able to provide York County students with $250,000 in scholarships... every year, forever. That is just what Anna, Bennett, and John Pearson are helping to do - through the power of endowment.
A gift to the Community Foundation in 1998 from the estate of John Pearson established the Anna, Bennett, and John Pearson Scholarship Fund, the Foundation's largest fund dedicated solely to scholarship support. The Fund provides scholarships, awarded through York County Dollars for Scholars chapters, to York County high school graduates with financial need who have
demonstrated scholastic achievement and exemplary character.
Mr. Pearson's attorney, J. Ross McGinnis
, recommended the Foundation to administer the fund created in memory of the Pearson family. The Pearsons were former residents of Baltimore, where Mr. Pearson was employed by the postal service. They moved to Shrewsbury in 1972. Mr. Pearson's wife, Anna, and their son, Bennett, preceded him in death.
Pictured: John and Anna Pearson.
Dollars For Scholars began locally in 1993 when Eugene Struckhoff, former executive director of development at the Community Foundation, and his wife, Norma, made a gift of $8,000 to York County Community Foundation to bring Dollars For Scholars to York County. Now 13 Dollars For Scholars chapters throughout York County have engaged hundreds of citizens as leadership volunteers – and thousands more as friends and supporters – in helping young people in their communities achieve their educational goals.
Building endowment to benefit our children's education is easy and the results are lasting. All you need to do is look at their smiles.