“The event will be held at Stonewall Manor at 5:30 p.m. and we have invited our donors, board members, community members and leaders who have supported the foundation over the years,” Executive Director Paige Miller said. “We’re hoping that everyone will come out to support the foundation as we turn the big 3-0.”
While serving the foundation for about two years, Miller said she has seen the community’s interest grow in the program, which allows donors to create custom scholarships ranging, for example, from the performing arts to excellence in science.
“In the past two years the main difference that I think the foundation has witnessed [has been] more community support through turnouts at the events we’re having, the number of pass-through scholarships that are created each year ... and we have more independent donors that choose to give a scholarship out of their own personal funds than in the past,” Miller said. “The endowment portion [of the foundation] has stayed the same, that’s what the endowment is designed for, but in the past years we’ve really been able to make a difference.”
Since 1982 the foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to more than 4 million local students. For more information, visit www.etowah.org.