With the increasing costs of higher education, a local business is making significant strides in providing a way to ease the burden of paying for school. Founded in 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri, Norwood Hills Country Club has always been an establishment with rich history, and continues to make history with their Scholarship Scramble. This golf tournament is held every year to benefit the Norwood Hills Charitable Trust. The purpose of the trust is to grant scholarships for higher education to qualifying employees of the club and their families.
This year, the sold-out 5th Annual Scholarship Scramble took place on Monday, July 6th with 60 foursomes participating. The event raised a record total of over $85,000 helping to bring the trust assets to over $550,000. The generous donations from the Norwood membership and sponsors will help award 6 new $7,500 scholarships, as well as scholarships to four previous awardees (pictured below). The six new recipients for 2015 are Dorothy Brandon, who attends Goldfarb School of Nursing, Trace Jablin, who will attend Endicott College, Bria Lee-Robinson, who will attend Howard University, Joseph Mirth, who attends Fontbonne University, Nina O’Connell, who will attend Saint Louis University, and Jessica Washington, who will attend Tennessee State University. The four renewal recipients were Jarvis Neal, who attends Lindenwood University, Taylor Stewart, who attends Quincy University, Kenneth Hibbler, who attends the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Danielle Lowery, who attends Lindenwood University.
The golf tournament was followed by an outstanding dinner complete with steak and lobster, and this year Norwood was fortunate to have sportscaster, Frank Cusumano to emcee the evening’s festivities. Mr. Cusumano, who is also a member of Norwood, introduced each scholarship recipient and they had the opportunity to speak on what receiving this year’s scholarship meant to them and how appreciative they were for such a charitable organization.
The entire membership at Norwood did an outstanding job of coming together to support this incredible cause, and their efforts significantly impact the lives of the recipients more than many of them realize. The recipients are employees, or children or grandchildren of employees, so many of the members have a direct connection with them, making it a rewarding process for everyone involved. Norwood Hills hopes to grow each year with additional scholarship recipients and scholarships awards, and it couldn’t be done without the continuous support from its outstanding membership and sponsors who continue to surprise this organization each year with the donations and efforts made to the Norwood Hills Charitable Trust. Norwood is thrilled to see the potential not only with this year’s recipients, but for the many more to come in the future.