The Temple Education Foundation announced the launch of three endowed scholarships on Wednesday that will be awarded to graduating seniors this spring.
They were established by the classes of 1965, 1968 and 1973.
“Education is the bedrock of our society,” Mark Erskine, whose father graduated from Temple High School in 1928, said. “This is the class of ‘65’s chance to pay it forward for a student and recognize how fortunate we were to attend Temple High School.”
His wife, a graduate of Temple High School’s class of 1968, shares that passion for their former stomping grounds and emphasized the importance of helping deserving students pursue their dreams.
“I was blessed to have had parents who stressed the importance of education and paid for my college experience,” Kathy Erskine said. “My husband and I were blessed in being able to send our four boys to get their four-year college degrees. I believe our class motto says it best: ‘We are the class that’s really great! We’re the Seniors of ‘68.”
However, the class of 1973 — which is celebrating its 50th reunion this year — is looking to give the classes of 1965 and 1968 a run for their money.
“We’re the best that’ll ever be, we’re the Seniors of ‘73,” Guy Fowler, a representative for the class of 1973, said.
The first scholarship established by a Temple High School class was in 1969, according to TEF.
“TEF is grateful for the generosity of these classes,” Kathy Denton, TEF’s executive director, said. “It is a pleasure to meet and work with the proud alumni of THS. The TISD student lives are impacted in a positive way because of the intentionality of these classes and all donors to TEF programs.”
In September, Denton provided Temple ISD school board trustees with a detailed report on exactly how much money TEF has awarded in student scholarships.
“This last year we did $111,500 in scholarships,” Denton said at the time. “We even added five new scholarships for this next year that will be awarded, so we’re always looking to grow our scholarship program.”
Currently, the classes of 1974 and 1975 are among those looking to help grow that figure.
“Donors may select to donate to the general fund of TEF or select a scholarship of their choosing,” TEF said in a news release.