LA CROSSE, WI—Over the last 80 years the La Crosse Community Foundation has awarded $185,000 in scholarships to local students.
Among scholarship donors was an anonymous couple who provided over 300 students with scholarships for the last 25 years.
In addition to the money, recipients received a letter that stated:
"There is an angel, part of whose ministry is helping young people who are deserving with their scholarship expenses. You are such! The angel asks that at some time you extend an act of kindness to another. In the meantime, we pray you remain healthy and we with you great success and happiness."
This year, John and Ruth Sherman's legacy was revealed to scholarship recipients. The couple passed away last spring, within a month of each other, and left a scholarship fund.
"They were both well educated," Sheila Garrity, La Crosse Community Foundation Executive Director said. "Their children were well educated, so they had an appreciation for not only what it means to the individual but the whole community."
Their $1-million endowment will give 12 graduating seniors a four year scholarship, like Logan High School Senior, Allison Forer.
"I am so thankful and I feel so fortunate to go to a school that can give that and live in a community that is willing to give and help out everybody," Forer said.
Forer is in the top 15-percent of her class, has a 3.7 GPA and is very involved at school.
"I'm in pep club, students against destructive decisions, student council, national honor society, champions…," Forer said.
This fall, Forer plans to attend Winona State University to study business or math, her two favorite subjects in school. She said she's thinking about a career in accounting, like her mom Dee.
"I used to go with her for take your daughter to work day and I'd help out with everything do I feel like her job has influenced me," Forer said.
Garrity said Forer is the perfect example of the type of student, with a lot of potential, that they want to stay in the community.