EAST PROVIDENCE – Calls to local residents in March for the nineteenth annual Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon were successful in raising funds for Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation (CSF) of East Providence.The first $40,000 received was matched by the Carter Family Charitable Trust. The total amount of $84,134 received to date will be awarded as scholarships in June to East Providence students.
New scholarships and book awards were established through the phone-a-thon, including the Gardiner and Arlene Northup Scholarship and the David and Lynn Angell Memorial, Joseph Baglini Memorial, John Carnevale, Hon. Joy Hearn, M. Jeanne Mason and Dr. Isadore Ramos Book Awards.
Nearly 75 volunteers participated in the annual fundraising event. They included students from East Providence High School and college students who were past scholarship recipients and their families. East Providence High School alumni made calls to fellow classmates. Representatives of community groups and board members of CSF of East Providence joined in contacting thousands of East Providence residents.
Phone-a-thon Chairman Louise Paiva thanked local residents for their generosity. The local volunteer scholarship organization has conducted a phone-a-thon each spring since 1995. The amount of scholarships that has been awarded from phone-a-thon contributions totals more than half a million dollars. “We are grateful to East Providence residents for their continuing support of higher education for East Providence students,” she said.“We appreciate the continuing support of Nordson EFD, an East Providence company,” she added. The phone-a-thon is held at their Catamore Boulevard facility and the company provides phone access, postage and refreshments for volunteers.
Contributions are still being accepted, although the deadline has passed for matching funds. Local residents who have not yet sent in their pledge or who did not receive a phone call can send their check payable to CSF of East Providence to P.O. Box 154438, East Providence, RI 02915. All contributions to CSF of East Providence are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.