This past year, the Solanco Education Foundation awarded $18,000 in scholarships to graduating Solanco High School seniors.
That's the most the foundation has ever awarded, director Becky Guhl said last week.
"Some of them [the scholarships] are for one year and some for two years," Guhl said. "And we have ones that are specifically targeted for a certain use. One is for someone who will be attending trade school and another is for someone who is the first member of his or her family to attend college."
Most of that money comes from the golf tournament the foundation hosts, said board chairman Tom Brackbill.
While the foundation has other outreach programs, including venture grants for teachers and materials for younger children, funds raised through the annual golf tournament are specifically targeted to scholarships.
The foundation has been able to increase the number of scholarships, at least in part because the tournament's popularity has gone up in recent years.
"Ever since the pandemic hit, we've had the best numbers for the tournament," Brackbill said. "The first year [of the pandemic], we had 112 golfers."
Last year, the tournament attracted between 88 and 90 golfers.
"Most registered early, but we did have some who came the day of the tournament and registered," Guhl said.
This year's tournament will be held Friday, August 19, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
The cost is $75 per player, which includes use of a golf cart, drinks, and a box lunch.
The foundation is also offering sponsorships; a platinum level is $1,000, a gold level is $500, and hole sponsorship is $150.
There will be team and individual prizes. The first place team prize is $7 5 Tanglewood gift cards for each member; second place is $50 gift cards for each team member; and first place for a mixed team is $50 gift cards for each member.
There will also be prizes for closest to the hole, longest drive, and in the putting contest.
For an entry form or more information, call Guhl at 717-786-5611 or go to the foundation's website.
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