CALAIS _ More than 120 golfers swung their clubs for education Saturday during the 13th annual Washington County Community College Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament held at the St. Croix County Club.
During opening ceremonies, WCCC President Joe Cassidy praised golfers and tournament sponsors for their support. He also paid tribute to St. Croix Country Club Pro Mike Ellis and his staff for their support of the tournament. Again this year, the Club donated the $550 raised by the sale of mulligans to the scholarship fund.
An additional $445 was raised from the 50/50 draw and was donated back to the College.
“What you are doing today is raising money for students and it is truly going to make a difference as they work hard to succeed with their education,” Cassidy told the golfers. “Every bit of money that we raise from this tournament goes directly to students and the things you are doing today really translates into success for our students.”
The scholarship drive this year raised more than $14,000 that will be used by Washington County Community College students to cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees. For many of the low-to-middle income students who have benefited from the scholarship in the past, the scholarship has made the difference in their completing their college education.
At the tournament Saturday, under sunny skies, you could hear shouts of joy and huge groans as shots were made and missed.
The event is sponsored by Pratt Chevrolet Buick on the River Road in Calais and each year the players walk away with some outstanding prizes. This year each player received a $100 Greg Norman Gift Card with a test drive.
Although a brand new Chevrolet Impala provided by the dealership was sitting next to the first tee, no one was able to muster a hole-in-one to win it. Golfers who missed the hole-in-one walked past the car and thought ‘maybe next year.’
In addition to the brand new 2014 Impala, other hole-in-one prizes included a golf vacation at a selected Fairmont Resort, four day, three night golf vacation at a French Lick Resort and a $500 online shopping spree, just to name a few. But, alas, those prizes also went unclaimed this year.
In addition to the tournament, for the past few months area businesses and individuals have stepped up to donate to the scholarship fund.
The college thanks the below individuals and business for their generous student scholarship donations. Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, the Calais Press, John F. Cassidy Sr. Scholarship, Sousa Family Scholarship, Karen’s Diner and Korner Pub, Andel Construction, Barnes Family Scholarship, Bell’s IGA, Ben’s Fuzy Butz 4 Pets, Border Electric, C & E Feeds, Calais Ace Home Center, Calais Motor Inn, Calais Rotary Memorial Scholarship, Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, Churchill Family Scholarship, Ken and Jane Brooks Family Scholarship, Farrell Family Scholarship, Mitchell/Lally Scholarship, EBS Building Supplies, Harold Howland Family Scholarship, PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, Roger’s Auto Sales, St. Croix Regional Technical Center, Sunrise Eye Care, Tammy Smith Tax and Accounting, Calais Advertiser, International Motel, WCCC Student Senate, WCCC Show & Shine, WQDY Inc. and Yancy’s Restaurant all of Calais. H & R Block of Calais and Machias, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust of Lubec and Machias, Downeast Credit Union of Baileyville and Calais, Downeast LNG of Robbinston, Rob Wyatt, project manager for Downeast LNG of Robbinston, and Dr. Brian Hoops of Baileyville. Raye’s Mustard Mill, the Quoddy Tides, Eastport Port Authority, Federal Marine Terminal and Shining Star Scholarship all of Eastport. The Sunrise County Economic Council of Machias and Calais and the Eastland Motel in Lubec also donated again this year.
What makes this scholarship program so unique is the role that the individual or business that donates plays in the life of the student. Each scholarship created goes directly to the student. Donors are able to create their scholarship in their family name or their business’ name, or in memory of a loved one. Or, the scholarship can be anonymous. Donors choose the program of study they wish to support and create the scholarship criteria.
It is no surprise that businesses step forward to help because the college is a vital part of the community. Last year, WCCC was named one of the 10 percent of community colleges in the USA by the Aspen Institute and the 46th best community college in the USA by the Best Schools.org. In addition the college was named in the top 25 best community colleges in the USA by the Washington Monthly.