HANNIBAL – Paul Parsons, of Fair Haven and Virginia, was the owner of the winning duck in Hannibal Dollars for Scholars annual “Ducks Over the Dam” race.
Parsons tells us one of his grandchildren was previously a recipient of one of the scholarships.
He also has another grandchild currently attending college.
A total of fifty additional prizes, donated by local businesses, were awarded to race participants.
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars provides scholarships to graduates of Hannibal High School each year.
The number of scholarships awarded varies due to the amount of funds raised through events and donations during the previous year.
The Duck Derby is the largest fundraiser, providing four scholarships each year. In 2012 a generous donation of $1,000 from the Hannibal Country Cruizers sponsored two additonal scholarships.
Sterling Stage patrons and management provided another scholarship, as did the Hannibal School Employees Association and the Dale Osborn Music Scholarship Fund and the Jeff LaMont Memorial Fund.
Donations from the Hannibal Village Market’s cash register receipt program and other fundraising made it possible for twelve students to receive scholarships.
The chapter is an entirely volunteer organization, and is in need of additional volunteers. Anyone interested in working with the chapter can contact Louis Gilbert, Chapter President at 564-5679.
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars. Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes more than 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States.