Birth of a Fund

One in a series of posts spotlighting some of the people who have chosen to start a fund with the Delaware County Community Foundation.

Lansdowne High Class of ’53 Scholarship Fund

 “We’re just a bunch of ordinary people who wanted to do something good.” That’s what Richard Haines says about the Lansdowne High School Class of ’53 Scholarship Fund.

Haines, who is retired and lives in New Hampshire, and many of his fellow classmates of the Lansdowne Class of 1953 still keep in touch regularly. The idea to create a scholarship fund came up during one of the group’s get-togethers, and it was well-received by the class. They started the fund with DCCF in 2008.

At least 40 former alumni have contributed to the fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship annually to a graduate of PennWood High School (the successor of Lansdowne High) who is chosen by the faculty of the school.

Haines says that many in the class believe in the power of education. A high percentage of the Lansdowne class of ’53 went to college, and many became teachers. “Education is the great leveler,” he said.

DCCF made it easier for the group to make their idea a reality.

“We didn’t want to try to administer it ourselves. We looked around for reasonable vehicles, and DCCF popped out as a good choice,” Haines said.

The scholarship fund may come up the next time the group meets in September. They’re not calling it a reunion, Haines said, but “our 80th birthday party!”


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