A recent study from Georgetown University found that on average, college graduates earn $1 million over their lifetime a median yearly income gap between high school and college. There is no disputing that the cost for college tuition is increasing but there are organizations giving financial support college bound students.
The LaSalle Educational Club will provide 14 college scholarships to high achieving high school graduates attending Niagara Falls High School and Niagara Catholic Jr. Senior High School whose goal is higher education. The application deadline has been moved up to May 4. Scholarships range from $200 to $1,000. The Rev. James M. Bradley Scholarship is the club’s top award $1,000 in memory of the late pastor and founder of Mount Erie Missionary Baptist Church. The pastor devoted his life to encouraging and inspiring children to reach their educational potential.
The club will celebrate its 49th annual dinner with nearly $8,000 in scholarships to be given to 14 area high students at Antonio’s Restaurant Banquet & Conference Center 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. In addition, three persons will be honored for their contributions to education, community and the medical field. Dr. Alicia Scott, will receive the Humanitarian Award, Rose Katz of Niagara Catholic Jr. Senior High School will receive the 2018 Teacher Award and Andrew Touma will be awarded the Community Service Award.
LaSalle Educational Club Inc. continues to push the club’s motto: “it takes a village to raise a child. The club encourages the support of the entire community, including educators, city leaders, parents, colleges, churches, and other organizations. Adrian McQueen, master admission representative at Bryant & Stratton College is the club’s Mistress of Ceremony and Mark Laurrie, superintendent of Niagara Falls School District, is the club’s Keynote Speaker.
Tickets for the banquet are $40. For more info, contact Loretta Hamilton 282-5435, or Betty Coleman 370-7934 or Linda Hohmann BOE 286-4206.