Dollars for Scholars hands out $51,000 in scholarships to students

The Villages chapter of Dollars for Scholars chose the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing as the site of the presentation of $51,000 in scholarships awarded to local students from The Villages High School and Wildwood Middle High School.

The Dollars for Scholars Scholarship recipients for 2020 are:

Wildwood High School

Lupe Alvarez

Nia Kelley

Ronald Parris

Emelly Rodea

Sommer Triesh

Dollars for Scholars Chapter President Joyce Gilette, far left, presents certificates of scholarship awards to Ronald Parris, Amanda Russell, Sommer Triesh, Kahrizma Romine and Lupe Alvarez, from left. Chapter Vice President Robin Smith is at far right.

The Villages High School

Lynee Bibler

Remington Draney

Timothy Wallace Harding

Kaylee Isaacs

Alayna Phillips

Kahrizma Romine

Amanda Russell

Benjamin Sanchez

Joyce Gilette and Robin Smith, president and vice president of Dollars for Scholars, recognized and presented each of the scholarship award winners with a certificate recognizing their accomplishments. Actual scholarship award funds are directed to the schools selected by the students and will be applied upon attendance. Since its inception in 2007, Dollars for Scholars has provided more than $551,000 in scholarship assistance to 186 graduating students.

“This would not have been possible without the support and generosity of America’s Friendliest Hometown residents. They have attended and donated time and money to a wide variety of Dollars for Scholars fundraising programs presented throughout the years. Thank you for helping us, help you, help kids,” said Villager J.R. “Jim” Zurak, one of the leading members of the group.

Learn more about Dollars for Scholars at https://thevillages.dollarsforscholars.org/

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