Hughesville Class of ’67 creates endowed scholarship for graduating seniors

HUGHESVILLE — The Hughesville High School (HHS) Class of 1967 recently donated $23,500 to the East Lycoming Education Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship. This donation creates a fund that will generate an annual $1,000 scholarship.

The H.H.S. Class of 1967 Scholarship was established by fifteen contributors from the HHS Class of 1967 and was a result of discussions that originated during their 50th class reunion celebration held earlier this year. “Our class is proud to give back to the community and the school that helped mold the individuals that we became,” according to Larry Michael, who is a member of the Class of 1967 and led the effort to create the scholarship.

An amount of $1,000 will be awarded annually to a HHS graduating senior who is continuing their education at a two or four-year accredited public institution of higher learning and meets the designated scholarship qualifications. The successful student will have demonstrated and achieved a combination of high moral character, integrity, leadership, community involvement and academic achievement. The ideal candidate also should show evidence of volunteerism, activities and employment.

“We all feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be raised and educated in the greater Hughesville area and are very pleased to be able to assist future HHS graduates. The educational foundation we received at HHS prepared us well, both for furthering our education as well as for our individual careers,” Michael said.

The Class of 1967 Scholarship is in addition to donations made earlier in the year to assist HHS purchase a new educational drone, student calculators and plant a new memorial tree.

Mike Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, stated “The contributions made by the HHS Class of 1967 will be a tremendous help to our future graduates. It is wonderful to see, even 50 years later, the impact our school and our teachers made on the HHS Class of 1967 and that they made the commitment to “pay it forward” in a way that benefits many of our future students. The Class of 1967 is our first student class to endow a scholarship and we are hopeful that other past graduating classes will use this example as a catalyst to also step forward in ways to help future students.”