The Perseverance Awards program, started in 2015 by former Board member Cheri Helt, recognizes students who have exhibited true perseverance (also known as grit, determination, dedication and persistence) to make it to high school graduation and have plans for their future. Often these high school youth have faced difficult life issues and overcome obstacles. They have shown courage, resilience and perseverance while remaining dedicated to their dreams. Students are nominated by their school counselor and principal and receive a scholarship (typically $2,000-$3,500) to continue “training for their future” by attending college or trade school. Funds are issued directly to the appropriate college or trade school by the Education Foundation. The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Foundation graciously provided the initial funding for the program which since has been supported by matching funds in the community and other fundraising opportunities. Thank you for your continued support of the Perseverance Awards program.