Toni Bolling Lutter
Gila Butte Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), has announced that four local high schools will be offered $1,000 scholarships in 2017. Scholarship Chair Carolyn Hawkins identified the high schools as Basha, Hamilton, Perry and Mountain Pointe.
For six years, Gila Butte Chapter has offered a $1,000 scholarship to a Basha High School graduating senior planning to attend a Maricopa County Community College. The recipients have had a minimum grade point average of 2.5, have demonstrated a history of civic responsibility and have shown an understanding of America’s founding principles. This year, funds were available to expand the chapter’s scholarship program to three additional area high schools.
DAR members are passionate about educating the youth of America and in support of education, the National Society supports six schools through chapter and member donations, as well as personal time. The six schools are Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama, Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina, Crossnore School in North Carolina, Hillside School in Massachusetts, Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky and Berry College in Georgia.
DAR provides scholarships and funds to American Indian children and schools, including Chemawa Indian School in Oregon and Bacone College in Oklahoma. DAR awards a variety of scholarships through the DAR Scholarship Committee; information is available at dar.org. Arizona State Society DAR also offers scholarships; information is available at arizonadar.org.
Gila Butte Chapter meets in Sun Lakes and invites membership inquiries. For further information on scholarships and for Gila Butte membership information, call 480-802-6993 or go to the Gila Butte Chapter website gilabutte.arizonadar.org.