An Alumni Letter from the Past President of the Board
Written Fall 2010
Dear Fellow Alumni,
We are all extremely fortunate to have been touched by the “Greeley Spirit.”
In those four short years, like many of you, I was strongly encouraged to succeed in all of my endeavors as a student, as an athlete and as a person. This support not only came from friends and family, but from a faculty, staff and community who were truly devoted to preparing me for life after Greeley. I believe these qualities of education are unique to the Greeley experience. It is what defines the “Greeley Spirit.” And it is in the same spirit that students who wanted to help their classmates with the expenses for college, which they could not receive elsewhere, created the Horace Greeley Education Fund (HGEF) in 1946. Over the years, with the financial assistance of the HGEF, many students, including myself, were able to actively pursue higher education that would not have been possible without it.
Recently renamed the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund, the Fund is a community grant-making fund whose sole purpose is to help HGHS students further their education. These grants are available to HGHS graduates who are enrolled in undergraduate college programs or post-secondary technical schools. The HGSF has existed since 1946 in order to make up “the difference” between actual costs and all other financial resources available to the student (i.e. loans, scholarships, work-study, student savings and parent contributions.) Over the last six years the HGSF has granted over $973,000 to over 167 HG alumni. Many more could have been helped if the fund had more resources available.
Last year alone, the HGSF was able to help 29 families, distributing more than $176,000.
The continuing goal of the HGSF is to help every single Greeley graduate that truly needs assistance and we can only achieve this goal with your generosity and support. Thanks to the help of the HGSF, I was able to continue my education that started at Greeley, continue growing as a student and most importantly as a person. Supporting the HGSF will give that same opportunity to another eager mind — another Greeley Quaker.
I can assure you that your support for the HGSF in the same “Greeley Spirit” will not go unappreciated by the students and families who turn to this valuable resource as a means of making college a reality. Contributions can be sent to HGSF, Box 242, Chappaqua, New York 10514 or you can make an online donation via Paypal.
If you have any questions about the fund please contact the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund at [email protected].
Michael J. Lardiere, CFA (HGHS 96)
Past President (2009) & past grant recipient