The Apalachin Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Fund was started in 1983. Apalachin members sought to support graduating high school students in the pursuit of higher education. By 1985, Apalachin Alumnae raised enough money to present two students, Josephine Burrell from Binghamton High School and Heather Huber from Vestal High School, with the Dorothy Bell Garner Scholarship.
In 1992, because of her many humanitarian endeavors, Apalachin Alumnae Chapter named the Scholarship Fund in honor of Dorothy Bell Garner.
Since that time, over $115,000.00 has been awarded to area high school seniors through the chapter’s Scholarship Fund. Apalachin Alumnae Chapter members work hard throughout the years to raise funds for the scholarship. Our chapter’s signature fundraiser is the winter Scholarship Brunch. All proceeds from the Scholarship Brunch benefit the Dorothy Bell Garner Scholarship.
The scholarship is made available each spring, as students are awaiting acceptances from colleges and universities. The first preference for recipients is given to students of African American descent.
To be considered for the scholarship, the applicant must:
- Be a Broome County resident
- Be a graduating high school senior and have cumulative grade average of 85/100 point scale
- Provide an official letter demonstrating a minimum of 25 hours of community service
- Provide a letter of recommendation from a high school official in a signed and sealed envelope
- Be attending an accredited 4-year college or university in the fall semester