$5,000 ONB Foundation Grant
The ONB Foundation and local ONB employees are investing in DCPS Students through the ONB Foundation Scholars 2018 Program.
Interview video with Shelly Glenn and Wade Jenkins here.
The Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools is pleased to announce the successful launch of Scholars 2018, a collaborative effort between the Old National Bank Foundation, local Old National Bank employees, Daviess County Public Schools and the Foundation for DCPS.
The Scholars Class of 2018 is comprised of 32 incoming high school students from Burns, College View and Daviess County middle schools who will attend Apollo and DCHS in the fall of 2014. A kick-off event for Scholars program took place on Monday evening, April 21, 2014, in the Winchester Center on the campus of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
The collaboration will engage local ONB employees as mentors for high school students and their families to encourage academic success, provide exposure to a wide variety of professions and resume-building for Scholars interested in attending post-secondary schools.
Students will begin mentored career and educational exploration upon entering high school where they have been assigned to specially selected Mentor Teachers, Misty Dilback (AHS) and Jessica Grimsley-Mounts (DCHS).
Barton Darrell, VP for External Services at KWC, welcomed Scholars and their families to campus, indicating that KWC staff would be in their schools over the next four years working with them to help them build college resumes and help them focus on skill attainment for success in post-secondary.
Wade Jenkins, ONB local market president, entertained the group with stories of his misadventures getting into college as a first-generation college student, stating “I wish someone had mentored me when I was 13 and a freshman in high school. When I was a senior, I was clueless when my friends asked me where I would be going to college.” Jenkins continued, “I am passionate about the mission we have undertaken with Scholars 2018 to mentor students and families about career and educational opportunities”.
College and Career Counselor at AHS, Jeremy Camron, brought Apollo junior class mentors with him. The three lead Scholars in leadership development and teambuilding games to reinforce the ‘fun’ aspect of the program.
Shelly Glenn, Foundation for DCPS Treasurer and a vice president at ONB, was instrumental in bringing school system needs to the attention of the ONB Foundation.
The ONB Foundation grant will help students build their college resumes by providing opportunities to explore additional reading, leadership development, career options, campus visits, community service and school involvement. Financial literacy, soft skills, business etiquette and interview skills, and other oportunites will be the focus of classroom and lunch time visits to schools by ONB volunteers. ONB volunteers will work with families during the four years as well.
Owensboro’s ONB volunteers are very active in our community donating more than 4,000 hours to local efforts each year.
For information concerning how your business can support local education by adopting a Scholars class, contact Vicki Quisenberry at the Foundation for DCPS, (270) 231-5583 or firstname.lastname@example.org