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Dollars for Scholars Presents Awards

HANNIBAL – Ann Palen of Hannibal was the owner of the winning duck in Hannibal Dollars for Scholars annual “Ducks Over the Dam” race.

Pictured is winner Ann Palen accepting her check from President Louis Gilbert.
Pictured is winner Ann Palen accepting her check from President Louis Gilbert.

A total of 53 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 this year.

Donations from generous community members provide additional awards.

The Hannibal Country Cruizers sponsored two scholarships, Sterling Stage patrons and management donated two scholarship, and funds established in the memory of Jeff LaMont, Trooper Amanda Anna, Marcia Ukleya and Dale Osborn each provided a scholarship.

Donations from the Hannibal Village Market’s cash register receipt program and other fundraising efforts made it possible for 16 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 500 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in thousands of communities across the United States.

The national organization affiliation includes access to ChapterNet, and online chapter management tool and platform that allows chapters to build websites, manage scholarships and reduce paperwork.