Monticello continues tradition of giving back with nearly $100,000 in scholarships

Before the Monticello School District bid a formal farewell to the graduating class of 2014 on Friday night, they left them with a pretty nice graduation gift on Thursday night. Or, 74 graduation gifts to be exact.

Senior Awards night, a tradition in Monticello that has grown from a scholarship foundation started by Shelly Johnson in 1984, took place Thursday at the Monticello High School Auditorium.

The school district, thanks to the generosity of the community, handed out 74 scholarships totaling $98,750.

Superintendent Jim Johnson, emceeing the scholarship portion of the night asked the crowd to chip in  just a bit more so next year he could announce $100,000 for the first time. But in all seriousness, Johnson said he continues to be amazed at the way this community gives to students.

“Businesses, individuals and civic organizations of this community have stepped up to make this, what I consider, an absolutely incredible event,” Johnson told the gathered crowd. “I don’t know of a community this size, who would come together for their students, to provide the gift that we’re going to give tonight.”

The biggest winners on the night were Anne Dockendorf and Caleb Biasco  as they were awarded the Little Mountain Summit scholarships. The scholarship, funded by two anonymous donors, awards the recipients $20,000 over the course of a four-year college career.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for scholarship award winner photos.

Contact Clay Sawatzke at [email protected]